Gradual removal of arts education is not beneficial

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  While some may argue that the importance of arts education being pushed in the school setting is small, arts education benefits students in more ways than people seem to realize.

 

  A big concern for parents of arts-involved students is whether, in the long run, it will help or hurt the student. Most of this fear stems from concerns including time management as well as just being an overall distraction. On the opposite side of the authority, the school system is set up in a way that attempts to motivate the students to strive towards higher test scores, instead of activities that they may truly have a passion for.

 

  Throughout their early childhood, children are often told to use their imagination. However as they get older, slowly but surely there is less and less time for creativity. They become too busy with homework, or projects, or even for some teenagers, work. However, if arts education is pushed the way it used to be, and time management skills are implemented into the arts and standard curriculum, this issue would easily be avoided.

 

  A large amount of adults look back on their teenage years and remember them as their “prime,”  and sadly, in many cases, these originally imaginative children will end up in a job in which earns them more money, opposed to one that is focused on a passion of theirs, out of fear of financial instability.With the deterioration of arts education, there will be less and less extraordinary talents and individuals represented through their creativity.

 

  Many schools appropriately deter their money into academics due to the never ending chase towards high test scores. However, there are many studies showcasing instances in which “arts involved” students tend to score higher on tests, such as the SAT, than those which are not. Thus proving a positive correlation between academics and involvement in the arts. Students involved in music have been shown to perform better in the mathematical area, than those who aren’t. Dancers have displayed extensive and impressive memorization qualities. In other studies, it has been proven that students with the discipline that musicians, dancers, and artists require, have been better equipped to submerge themselves into their schoolwork due to the quality of knowing what needs to get done, when it needs to be done.

 

  If the school system permanently loses sight of the importance found in arts education, the creative

future of generations to come is in jeopardy. It is hard to believe that there is absolutely no money left for the arts. With refinancing and prioritizing there could likely be an effective way to fund the arts and still leave money for the test strategy courses and “extras” that students so often see shoved into their school environment.

Apopka High School Chorus at High School Music Performance Assessment (MPA). Photo Courtesy of Apopka Chorus Director, Sandra Shafer.
Apopka High School’s Bel Canto women’s choir at High School Music Performance Assessment (MPA). Photo Courtesy of Apopka Chorus Director, Sandra Shafer.

Transferring in the middle of my junior year to Atlantic, was terrifying, but the release I find through music, both playing and listening to it, photography, and creative writing has made the rocky transition bearable. I'm an IB Photography student here at ACHS and my plans after high school hopefully include a spot in the Music Education program at Florida State University.