The Importance Of Fine Arts In Public Schools

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Art, whether in form of paintings, performances, poems, or plays, is often the avenue of creative expression young people turn to when discovering their own identities. For many of these young people, school fine arts classes are the first opportunities for them experience creativity and individualism first-hand. It is important to preserve these opportunities for future generations and to set of precedence of placing importance on fine arts education. To remove fine arts classes and to defund art programs in public schools would be a total disservice to every single student who walks the halls of a public institution of education. Fine arts programs in schools are often used as strategies to “level the playing field” between students who …show more content…
In some low-income communities where school attendance and high school graduation are very low, increased focus on fine arts programs could inspire students to continue and complete their education instead of dropping out. The beauty of creative expression, even in a school curriculum, is that there is no “right” or “wrong.” Many students who do not finish their high school education or attend college make that choice because they think all school is memorizing facts, dates, names, or formulas. In fine arts programs, the assignments and responsibilities are infinitely less restrictive than typical school assignments. For example, if an assignment in an art class requires that students draw a sunflower, …show more content…
Taken one step further, this analysis evolves into a few more questions - will better fine arts programs improve test scores? Will the changes be enough to warrant the extra expenditures? In a 2007 study, Lois Hetland and Ellen Winner argued that fine arts do not improve academic performance, but also that quantitative measurements of improvement (such as increasing test scores) should not be the ruler with which we measure the worth of fine arts education. They argue that while fine arts education may not lead to high test scores, it does have a positive influence on visual analysis skills, increase ability to learn from mistakes, enhance creativity, and make better critical judgements

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