Ugh, I don’t even want to think about it!
I was asked to write something for an article for my sxhool districts hometown and I hope it helps get the point across that the arts are important! And without out then we have nothing. Seriously, we wouldn’t have tv, movies, music, iPads, cool clothing lines, logos, brands, etc. Art makes us interesting and it can sometimes define us.
This is what I wrote. I tried to shorten it as much as I could. This also was the day of my surgery but I knew I had to stand up for what is right, surgery or no surgery.
As our economy continues to suffer, budget cuts are becoming increasingly prevelant in education. Unfortunately, the arts are usually one of the first programs to be cut or reduced. Although, studies have proven that students that study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement and three times more likely to be awarded for school attendance. Research also finds that the arts help keep high-risk students stay in school, and honestly, I don’t know how many times a week I would hear, “I only came today for your class.” But, most importantly, the arts promote creativity, social development, self-worth, and encourages creative problem solving skills. Art pushes for creativity in ways that other subjects just cannot compare to. While most subjects, such as mathematics, science, and literature, have strict rules to follow and formulas to work by, art not only enables free thought but demands it. Society cannot improve without the arts, and rather, would degenerate without encouraging the arts. Students are where art begins, and where it ends. Without art education, there is no human advancement and it is unfortunate that some people don’t understand this.
Art Club Advisor
I found the article today. It’s very interesting, sad, and disheartening for my students and myself.