Art and Music Are Key to Student Development

Why arts education is crucial for kids, and how schools are making it work.

"Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence," sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz has said. Arts education, on the other hand, does solve problems. Years of research show that it's closely linked to almost everything that we as a nation say we want for our children and demand from our schools: academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Dale Penn - Jan 31, 2009 - 8:54 PM PST
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Dale Penn
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by Dale Penn - Feb. 1, 2009

Filled with context and information going back to the 1970's as arts funding started slipping in school budgets to the most recent No Child Left Behind years where the disparity between arts education vs. reading and math grew into a chasm. Provides substantial links to back up claims that arts education is essential to the development of cognitive skills.

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Patricia L'Herrou
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by Patricia L'Herrou - Feb. 1, 2009

a story based upon links to much research which proves the compelling value of arts study for improvement in math science etc. statistics here show the correlation between focus on state and local testing and decline in so many schools to offer enough of the arts. interestingly, the writer describes the generation which lost those studies and so now may not push for them.

it makes sense that if both the left and right sides of the brain are nurtured, greater mental ability and critical thinking will be the result.

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Joel Kulenkamp
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by Joel Kulenkamp - Feb. 1, 2009

I love the specific references to "horror stories" of cutbacks , such as California; also, the quote by Eric Cooper from the National Urban Alliance for Effective Education about leveling the playing field helps.

Being a higher-functioning autistic, I can attest to these facts and figures.

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Patricia Blochowiak
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by Patricia Blochowiak - Feb. 1, 2009

Many detailed links to substantiate the claims made in support of increased arts education, especially for the underprivileged.

I am on the school board of an urban school district and am a strong supporter of the arts.

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Mark Gould
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by Mark Gould - Jun. 4, 2009

Written for Edutopia, George Lucas' Educational Foundation this piece has a definite point of view in support of a good case. This is an important time for rebuilding arts infrastructure through the economic recovery stimulus, and Fran Smith gives a valuable roadmap for rebuilding arts infrastructure through the economic recovery stimulus, and detailed look at the need for arts in the schools. This is an important time for rebuilding arts infrastructure through the economic recovery stimulus, making it an important read for those involved in arts policy, arts education and funding strategies.

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