The Importance Of Urban Education

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A central theme evident on urban education is the importance of the arts in education. The arts consist of many disciplines such as music, dance, and theatre. Arts education is crucial in the development of the youth through both critical skills and creativity. The benefits of the arts include motor skills, language development, decision-making, visual learning, cultural awareness, and an overall improvement in academics (Lynch, 2012).
In the film Music of the Heart, the students are exposed to the art of the violin. Although many of the kids seemed disgruntled to the idea of playing the violin at first, there was an evident change in behavior towards the music they played as time went on. In the movie Mad Hot Ballroom, the kids were
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In regards to the news, enough isn’t brought up about the situation in urban schools. Schools in general don’t appear to be a major focus point other than bringing up the occasional statistic on the academic performance of schools in the inner city. Hollywood movies tend to skew the depictions of urban schools through the negative portrayal of the students, teachers, parents, or the complete atmosphere as a whole. The message many Hollywood movies portray about urban schools include the low expectations teachers have for students and the inability of students to perform better both academically and behaviorally. Movies are too short to realistically illustrate an urban school setting, especially because the background and hardships of every student can’t be …show more content…
These stereotypes directly affect real-world urban education policies. As a result of negative stereotypes towards urban schools, students and teachers act as scapegoats for the failure within the education system. Economic inequality continues to be the real issue in urban schooling. According to the Chicago Tribune, “schools serving high concentrations of poor, nonwhite and low-achieving students find it difficult to attract and retain skilled teachers” (Duncan, & Murnane, 2011). A cycle exists between the achievements of the students, efficiency of the teachers, and school funding provided by the government. A school cannot persist to act as an institution for educating children without the necessary

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