Arts Education and Why It Matters
Here at Denik, we are constantly emphasizing the importance of living a creative life. This week We've found an interesting article from Edutopia By Fran Smith who talks about arts and education.
"Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence," sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has said. Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Years of research show that it's closely linked to almost everything that awe as a nation say we want from our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity.
Years of research show that art education is closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT, CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, and EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITY.
Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork. A 2005 report argues that the intrinsic pleasures and stimulation of the art experience do more than sweeten an individual's life-- according to the report, they "can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing, "creating the foundation to forge social bonds and community cohesion. And strong arts programming in schools helps close a gap that has left many a child behind: From Mozart for babies to tutus for toddlers to family trips to the museaum, the children of affluent, aspiring parents generally get exposed to the arts whether or not public schools provide them.
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