When you think of the arts: music, dance, theater and the visual arts you probably think of the experience you get from your favorite rocker, the Swish-Swish, or scratching your head at one of Jackson Pollock’s paintings.
However, these arts are instrumental in your development as a complete human being. It is for this reason that fine arts be part of the school curriculum with every student having the opportunity to take part.
There is sufficient data that supports the belief that the study and participation in the fine arts will improve learning throughout all the areas of academia. Also this data supports the belief that fine arts education helps to reduce drop-out, it raises attendance levels, creates teamwork and prepares them to be better citizens.
The arts help to develop neural systems which lead to better motor skills, better creativity and an improved emotional balance.
According to Judith Burton, of Columbia University, subjects like math, science and language require “complex cognitive and creative capacities which are similar to learning the arts.” The arts, however, enhance the learning process because they feed one’s sensory system: attentional, emotional, as well as the motor skills; which are all responsible for other areas of learning.
On the opposite side of the same coin, non-academically, one can gain self-esteem, get motivated, get improved emotional expression, creativity and appreciation of diversity…also known as The American Culture.
One outcome of art in the school is that the students connect with one another which results in less fights, more understanding of diversity and an increase in peer support.
The arts are also important in that they challenge each individual in their own level allowing them to succeed from the basic to the gifted.
With the implementing of the art programs students become self-directed learners and not just an outlet for facts from direct instructions.
The fine arts has as much or more of a positive effect on the lower socioeconomic status that they do the higher socioeconomic status. 21% of the low socioeconomic who studied music scored higher in math versus 11 percent who had not. By their senior year this figure rose to 33 percent.
Practice in the arts are not limited to race, sex, religion or social class. Many study and participate in the arts from painting to dancing.
Today’s society is the age of quick information and the I wanted yesterday mentality. This information must be used both quickly and creatively. You must be a thinker, problem solver, people person and creative genius.
The schools, need to be more responsible in their training agenda and teach things such as integrity, thinking, the sense of wonder: these and more are offered by the wonderful world of the arts.
Perceiving and seeing this world and making sense of what is seen should be number one priority. A fine arts education will lend assistance in this goal. It will teach you to really see what you are looking at, hear what you are listening to and feel what you are touching.
The fine arts will open many doors. It also helps to make the world a better place through tolerance and coping with the uncertainties.
Fine arts important in the school system?