Essay The Fine Arts For Public Schools

857 Words Sep 19th, 2016 4 Pages
“It is in Apple’s DNA that technology alone is not enough—it’s technology married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us the results that make our heart sing.” (Steve Jobs, 2011). That was the late Steve Jobs giving his perspective about how the arts should be viewed in our society. Over the years the fine arts have been neglected in schools worldwide. There is not enough funding put aside in schools for the fine arts. Society does not believe it is needed in our children 's curriculum, but I beg to differ. There is not enough funding put aside in schools for the fine arts. Not only does the fine arts help children and young adults come out of their shells, but it also helps them develop creative thinking skills. Therefore, I must make the fine arts more appreciated in public schools.
The fine arts are becoming almost extinct in public schools. Due to budget cuts, the fine arts is no longer considered to be as important as other subjects and activities. "During the 1999-2000 school year, 20 percent of schools offered dance and theatre classes, but in the 2009-10 school year, only 3 percent of schools allocated funds for dance classes, and only 4 percent taught theatre. The number of schools that offered music classes didn’t change significantly over the last decade, indicating no budget cuts in that subject area, with 94 percent of schools still offering music classes. But the number of schools offering visual arts programs dropped from 87 percent…

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