Why The Arts Matter
The effect of teaching the arts in schools is severely underestimated. Each year, we see fewer arts programs in schools being funded. What most people don’t realize is that the arts can actually benefit you in many ways, like how they help with the development of necessary fundamental skills.
For one, schools that teach the arts are proven to have better overall test scores. Take the West Michigan Academy of Arts & Academics, or the WMAAA. This Michigan school is known for taking typically uninteresting topics and teaching them through the arts. For example, they might take math and try teaching it to their students through something like dance. The WMAAA test scores rival some of the highest-rated schools in their district, and those of neighboring districts, too.
The arts are also proven to make you happier. Researchers at the Brooklyn College and the Boston College conducted an experiment where they took about 80 kids aged 6-12 and had them rate their mood after prompting a bad mood in them by having them recall a bad memory. They then had them draw out the incident and rate their moods. It was found that their negative moods had improved.
Now, some might argue that while the arts are important, they shouldn’t be taught in schools because schools are for preparing for careers and teaching students about them, and that it’s really hard to find a good, supportive career in the arts. They might also think that funding is better spent on topics like sports or STEM. Well, the arts can actually help people think about things in a different way. If taught at an early age, the arts can even help with necessary fundamental skills, like motor and decision-making skills.
All in all, while it’s thought by some that the arts being taught in school is a luxury, they’re actually on the verge of being necessary. They aid in fundamental skills in children, higher grades and test scores throughout schools, and they just make you happy. So why wouldn’t you want the arts to be taught at your school?