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    I’m continuing my research on the effects of incorporating art classes in public schools. I have always enjoyed taking art classes– art, theatre, music– you name it, and I’ve always supported the belief that the

    Continued Research: Using the Arts in Schools

    I’m continuing my research on the effects of incorporating art classes in public schools. I have always enjoyed taking art classes-- art, theatre, music-- you name it, and I’ve always supported the belief that they should be used in...

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    • Hi Cami! I really enjoyed reading this article. I agree with you when you say that the arts should be incorporated in the school system. I think it is something that keeps the students engaged and make them enjoy school more than they usually do. I know from being a student that I have always loved my art classes not only because it gives me a break from the regular core classes, but it makes school much more fun. Your piece was very well written and I enjoyed your topic!

    • I think arts are super important especially in a high school setting where many kids struggle with feeling like they belong. Arts provide that belonging for many and as you suggested also provide many educational benefits

    • Hi Cami,
      I like this article, it brings up something that is not usually discussed among high schoolers. I personally favor art classes as part of public school curriculum because I have grown up with music. My elementary school was a choir school, and not only do I think incorporating the arts stimulates students’ minds, but it also taught me loads about discipline and resilience, which are both skills that I’ve used through high school.
      I think another facet about arts education you might be interested in was how art affects health (as well as development). Here is an article I think you might find useful 🙂 http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/09654280510617169
      Can’t wait to learn more about what you find!

    • I think you are completely right about incorporating the arts with core classes! I think the arts can teach us things that our core classes cannot such as creativity and free thinking. Its a way to explore all aspects life can offer and can help one further figure out their path of the future.

    • I really enjoyed your article. I personally greatly enjoy the arts and wish that they were more included into the school systems. I have always been greatly invested in my music and photography and wish it was more prevalent. I think this topic needs to be talked about more and can be useful for many students lives.

    • Great writing Cami. I agree with you that art is really important. I think this is a great thing to put work into and pursue. I look forward to hearing more from you.

    • This is very well written and I admire your dedication to this subject. I think that having art in school, or at least offering it, is very important to students. I think that it is a great creative outlet and can be very beneficial to students as art can be incorporated in many careers.

    • I think this is a great article. I like the way you introduce what you are doing and point out that you were trying to find articles both for and against art classes.

    • I completely agree with you. I think art classes are a necessity and tech you things that the other classes can’t. They encourage individuality and creativity and I believe they are key to a school. I think art allows students to explore many different aspects that you often can’t experience in a regular core class.

    • Hi Cami! I agree with your idea that art classes are beneficial to students. I went to a public middle school and many of our art classes were cut after my 7th grade year. Fortunately, my high school offers many art classes. I found this article http://www.onlinecolleges.net/10-salient-studies-on-the-arts-in-education/ interesting because it gives both positive and negative effects of art classes in school. I think art classes offer students time to relax and use their minds creatively, which in turn decreases stress levels and expand their learning capabilities. Thanks for writing I hope the article I linked is helpful for your research project.

    • Cami, I enjoyed reading this continuation of research on the topic of Arts in schools. I do think that having the arts is important in school because it helps kids to have a creative outlet. Kids need to be creative, and use creativity in order to grow and thrive. It has been proven that kids learn better in their core classes when being creative and being artistic to the best of their ability. I like that you brought up the arguing side of the topic as well. I would suggest doing a survey around school, at your high school, or at your old elementary school as well; maybe even talking to some of your teachers, to get firsthand experience.

    • Cami, I completely agree that art classes can be beneficial to students, especially those in the public education system, but the plain fact is that the budget for such classes isn’t available right now. In this article I found https://lawstreetmedia.com/issues/education/cutting-art-programs-schools-solution-part-problem/ the reason as to why art classes are being cut is because the government wants kids to focus more on core subjects, a point you made very clear when you mentioned the No Child Left Behind Act. Though I don’t know any immediate solutions to this problem, I believe with more research you can present more ways to help save the arts in the school system. Thanks for writing and I look forward to future updates in your continuing investigation.

    • Cami, I do believe that most sources are going to be in support of the arts. By now, there is obvious proof that arts require a lot of brain function whether that be music, theater, visual arts, or anything else. However, there still seem to be a lot of schools that don’t include the arts in their curriculum. However, I could see the reason being that school boards don’t see colleges and work forces demanding much in terms of art. It might be interesting to look into how many people pursue art schools for college to see what school boards are seeing. Perhaps they see that the money spent on arts is benefiting so few that opportunity costs show a more positive correlation with maths, sciences, and social studies. As for positive correlations, It seems that you have found really reliable and strong sources in favor of art programs. I recently did similar research on American schools systems and found http://www.theedadvocate.org/3-issues-that-are-hurting-the-american-educational-system/ The third point talks about Michelle Obama’s analysis of the arts education system a bit and may lead you to some new information. Good luck on your research and hopefully I helped some!

    • Hi! I’m Whitlee, a student with interests in the influence of the arts in schools. I’m fairly disappointed right now, though. In my state they just passed something that made the arts, and P.E. so they aren’t requirements in our public schools. I saw videos of a meeting that went on and I was proud of all the students that showed up. A girl with a violin. A boy with an easel. I am proud that there are kids who are trying to fight it.
      I do think it would be great to see links to the information you found, so I could read up on some of your sources. Did you know that the arts benefit not only one, but both sides of the brain, promotes self esteem, helps kids be more aware of their surroundings and culture, and helps generate memories? (http://www.ibaboston.org/blog/arts-impact-development-children/)
      “During the brain’s early years, neural connections are being made at a rapid rate. Much of what young children do as play — singing, drawing, dancing — are natural forms of art. These activities engage all the senses and wire the brain for successful learning. When children enter school, these art activities need to be continued and enhanced. Brain areas are developed as the child learns songs and rhymes and creates drawings and finger paintings. The dancing and movements during play develop gross motor skills, and the sum of these activities enhances emotional well-being. And sharing their artwork enhances social skills. ” (http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=7378)
      “Even short, moderate physical exercise improves brain performance. Studies indicate that regular physical activity increases the number of capillaries in the brain, thus facilitating blood transport. It also increases the amount of oxygen in the blood, which significantly enhances cognitive performance. Despite the realization that physical activity enhances brain function and learning, secondary students spend most of their classroom time sitting. Although enrollment in high school daily physical education classes has risen slightly in recent years, it represents only about 25 percent of the student body.” (same source as last)

  • Hi Julius, I understand how you’re feeling. I want a Hillary for president too.

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    Unfortunately, when schools face budget issues, the first courses to be cut are the art courses. This is concerning to me because I am someone who has grown up with the arts my entire life. In my school district I

    Funding Arts Programs in Schools- Yes or No?

    Unfortunately, when schools face budget issues, the first courses to be cut are the art courses. This is concerning to me because I am someone who has grown up with the arts my entire life. In my school district...

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    • This topic is very important to me, and I have also grown up in and around the arts. Citing your sources was good, and your writing flowed well

    • I agree that arts programs are essential to human learning. They not only encourage students to be creative, but they allow them a cathartic outlet through which they can find their own voice and personality, becoming confidant in themselves. Art connects humanity; no matter where in the world you travel to, you will find art. By cutting arts programs, we boil school down to the core subjects. While these subjects are important, there are things you can learn from dancing, painting, theater, or music, that you will never pick up sitting in a math lecture. You’re right on track with this! Keep researching this more. Try looking at scientific studies that provide empirical evidence about the benefits of arts programs; they will give your paper more strength. Good work!

    • Cami,
      This was very interesting to me because I was personally not aware that funding for the arts was at risk. I have been involved in arts myself for many years, whether that be dance, art etc. I think of it as a therapeutic get away which makes sense that so many kids scored higher on the SAT because compared to the other kids who non-stop cram their schedule with rigorous academics, the kids involved in the arts allow their minds to take a break and to express what they want. I hope that the arts are continued to be funded because if not I think that we would all be able to see the drastic impact on ourselves and our communities.
      Your writing was very good. There were a couple choppy sentences that distracted me, but overall it was very good. Your sources were very well done. Good Job, I enjoyed it!

    • Cami,
      I also have grown up around the arts and it breaks my heart knowing that they are so undervalued in our public school system. I think what plenty of people don’t understand is that the arts serve more than one purpose. Like you said, students do better in their core classes, as well as find a new hobby. I do think that more money just needs to be funneled into public school as a whole because it all of the programs are incredibly beneficial to the students and to society as a whole.

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  • Hi Josh, I think it is already clear that the election is creating a huge divide in our country. I agree with you because I NEVER would have guessed Trump would win the Republican nomination, nor that he would ever become president. I have to admit I am one of those people adding to the divide in our country. I refuse to unite with someone who has…Read More

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