Persuasive Essay On Art Education

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One of the most pressing items on an administrator’s agenda is figuring out how to manage his school with the newest budget cuts. More often than not, the answer revolves around one thing only. “Because of recent loss of funds, we must cut arts education from the system.” To some, this idea may seem absurd. To some, the idea is reasonable. They question the importance of the arts in the lives of students and find it an easy item to mark off the list. But arts education provides an outlet for creativity, produces well-rounded and academically inclined students, and even helps to lessen the negative effects of health issues. Throughout time, there has been one thing that nearly every person can agree upon. Adolescence can be immensely frustrating. …show more content…
But I don’t need scientific studies to tell me this. I see it happening in my own high school every day. The students who partake in our art, drama, and music classes are the students who have higher GPA’s and test scores, not to mention cleaner behavior records. Art education educates the whole person, and creates students with higher confidence levels, better public speaking skills, and improved cooperation techniques. On the outside, the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument seem simple. Some obvious answers fall along the lines of improved dexterity and brain activity. But what about the additional skills lying underneath? When learning an instrument, students gain better reading comprehension, as they are asked to read music. Students learn, through concerts and showcases, how to work as a team and how each instrument fits into a composed piece. Learning to play a new instrument often requires several hours of practice every day, teaching students the value of hard work, and how to properly manage their time. Students who are educated in the arts go on to have higher success rates in colleges and universities as well. Several of my peers who have gone into higher education –and some who have already received their degrees- make honor rolls, win awards, and attain steady, well-paying jobs more often …show more content…
But why would someone agree to have art education taken out of the school system? Many argue that such classes are not needed because students are not required to test on them. When schools lose money, their most prominent focus is to continue supplying money to the subjects in which students are tested on. Since the arts are not on the list, most people want to see them as the first to go. But this reason is not entirely accurate. Students, in fact, are tested in the arts, just not on a standardized test. Students are tested in the arts every day in college and in the real world. Public speaking, job interviews, and working with others are just a few examples of things that most people struggle to deal with every day. While these “tests” do not give students a score or a letter grade, I like to think of them as “pass/fail” exams. When a person goes in for a job interview or goes to up to the podium to make a speech, the audience doesn’t care what he scored on his ACT or his SAT. The audience is judging his ability to express ideas and acknowledge the strengths and weaknesses that he can bring into the community. These skills are not taught in our math or science classes, but in out arts classes. In drama, in speech team, in music students learn the skills they will need to pass or fail the interview, to reach an audience or to lose an audience. These are not things that the

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