School districts have been quick to cut music and art programs when budgets get tight, focusing instead on "employable" skills like math and science. But there's a strong body of research indicating that neglecting the arts in school puts students at a cognitive disadvantage throughout life.
Tweens want hands-on learning taught by professional artists and they want public spaces to perform or show their work. Interestingly, many of the preferences expressed by students aligned with what experts say makes a good arts program.
Lizzie Chen /NPR By Elizabeth Blair, NPR Over the years, there have been a lot of claims about the benefits of the arts on the mind: Listening to Mozart makes you smarter; playing an instrument makes you better at math. One program — funded in part by the federal government — is putting these theories … Continue reading Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance →
In this powerful video by Edutopia, we learn how a public school in Annapolis, Maryland has found a way to integrate the arts into every aspect of school life. Using the lens of art to ask critical thinking questions, students from all backgrounds have blossomed as a result.