6 Reasons to Keep Art in Schools
July 17, 2012
© Melissa Taylor
With tight budgets, school districts often cut the arts. But, do kids lose when art is cut?
Well, you be the judge. Let's look at the benefits of arts. Here's what the research says:
1. Art helps kids learn to engage and persist.
“ Students need to find problems of interest and work with them deeply over sustained periods of time,” Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Art Education by Lois Hetland, Ellen Winner, Shirley Venom, and Kimberly M. Sheridan.
5. Art benefits student achievement .
National Assembly of State Art Agencies (NASAA)
6. Art increases self-esteem, creativity, and achievement .
Champions of Change, Arts Education Partnership & The President's Committee on the Arts & the Humanities
So, what do you think? Cut arts or not?
Melissa Taylor is a freelance writer, an award-winning educational blogger at ImaginationSoup, an award-winning teacher with a M.A. in Education, and a mom of two children, ages 6 and 9. Follow Taylor on Twitter or find her on Facebook.
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