According to Americans for the Arts—‘…the arts serve as a critical component to a complete education and are proven to increase student academic achievement. Young people who consistently participate in comprehensive, sequential, and rigorous arts programs are:
- 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
- 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
- 4 times more likely to participate in math and science fair
- 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
- 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem’
So why are schools not funding these programs in their budgets? Why is there not a greater emphasis on art and music in schools curriculum? Why are these areas the first to be cut or eliminated when there is a shortage of funds? If the Arts are in fact a critical component to a complete education, is this just not another area in our current education system that we are failing our children? Why are we allowing this to happen?
Why are we as parents so accepting of the elimination of the Arts in our schools? Isn’t it just as important to nurture our children’s souls and creativity as it is to teach them how to read or write a sentence? And if the arts are a critical component of a complete education, can we really allow our schools to continue on this path? What can we do change this, to put back this vital piece of our children’s education?