The arts are a way for many students across the world to express themselves and feel confident within themselves, and some schools are trying to take that opportunity away from them. Students who excel in Math or English never have to worry about their strengths getting taken away from them.
Being involved in the arts is an extremely important part of many students’ lives all over the country, and even the world. It allows them to express themselves and let their creativity shine, allowing them to grow mentally and creatively. But a countless number of schools are trying to take that opportunity away from students across the nation.
Students are rebelling against this movement though, and trying to make their voices be heard. The arts are needed for students to learn, not through books, but through discovery. This could lead to students learning without even noticing, allowing them to grow to enjoy learning again.
The arts are a way to allow students to challenge themselves and challenge their minds. Students grow into self-directed learners which sets them up to be self-directed in the real world after completing their schooling. The arts strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills. How do I express this feeling through my dance? How should I play this character? Learning how to make choices and decisions will certainly carry over into their education and other parts of life. This is certainly a valuable skill in adulthood to have, and the sooner you learn it the more prepared students will be for the challenges of the world.
Starting from a young age, students exposed to arts, drama, and music may do a better job at grasping the concept of reading, writing, and/or math than those who focus solely on academics, says a report done by the Arts Education Partnership. The arts don’t only allow children to develop their creativity, but the skills they learn in the arts would also spill over into academic achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.
Creativity is an important key for everyone to have in the real world. By taking away the arts, students would be losing the chance to learn how to express their creativity, and experiment with their mind. We would be robbing them of opportunities to know how to strive past their competitors which would show them on top. Taking away the arts could have an incredibly bad effect on our nation’s workforce.