Every time I scan the news I see another article about cutting the arts from education. It saddens me. Deeply. I know that budget cuts are very real and that there are no easy decisions or answers.
Here's the thing: to me, the timing could not be worse. School systems are being forced to put more and more emphasis on standardized tests. The result: the creative process is getting the squeeze. At home, technology has taken over. Instead of playing outside, building forts, or inside, drawing or painting, many kids are playing on the computer, gaming system or i-touch instead. So much is lost due to the absence of art.
When kids experience the arts they develop the following essential skills and qualities:
- Cognitive skills
- Creative abilities
- Problem solving
- Fine motor skills
- Critical thinking
- Language development
- Social skills
- Sense of time and place
- Risk taking
Just came across this article about a school that is doing their part to keep the arts alive at their school. I loved watching the video footage of the kids. Would love hear if your school has come up with some creative ways to preserve the arts at your school.
One last thought: March is youth art month -- hope that you'll do you part to foster the love of arts both at your child's school and at home.