Arts in Education
The Arts are an important part of education. Arts’ programs:
- increase self-esteem, confidence, and sensitivity to the emotions and needs of other human beings;
- contribute to understanding among different peoples, and help students learn about other cultures;
- open the horizons of the creative mind; and
- enhance learning in other subjects, such as math, science, geography, language and history by reinforcing ideas and expanding concepts taught.
Over the years, evidence for the educational value of the arts has grown steadily. High school students, for example, who study at least one of the arts — theater, visual arts, dance, or music — score about 40 points higher on the verbal and math sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) than other students. Some schools use Arts methods to assess students’ academic performance and determine the level of achievement beyond standard.
Parents can contact their legislators, boards of education, superintendents and principals to promote arts education as part of the curriculum. The National Education Association supports making the arts a basic part of education through its Arts in Education Program.
Parents also can encourage their students’ growth in the Arts. Study and talk about the history of a special work of art — a quilt, a piece of pottery, or a painting — enhance their learning experience. One of the best ways to get your child excited about art is to be enthusiastic yourself.
National PTA Reflections Program
National PTA’s Reflections Program encourages millions of students to create works of arts. Students in preschool through grade 12 are encouraged to create and submit works of art in one or more of six areas: literature, musical composition, photography, visual arts (which includes art forms such as drawing, painting, print making, and collage), dance choreography and film/video production.