You Need To Support Arts Education
Start writing a post
Student Life

You Need To Support Arts Education

It's just as important as any other subject.

You Need To Support Arts Education

The realm of the arts is as expansive as it is important. With so many categories, from literature to performing arts to visual arts to film, they can impact us in incredible ways. And I firmly believe that our society needs to do a better job at supporting the presence of each one in our schools.

First, academia- there's endless evidence proving how influential exposure to the arts is for students. For example, there's this publication, which tells how music students have higher success rates in math classes later on in high school, among other many things. It also goes without saying that thought processes can improve through studying art because of how much creativity and depth it takes to interpret something so simple yet complex as a painting or a piece of music. Unique, interpretive ways of thinking are extremely helpful in our world. If Steve Jobs, for example, hadn't been such a creative and original thinker, what would our world look like?

Art requires discipline, as well, whether it's spending hours in a music practice room or pondering over the best choice of words to write. This can be helpful not just during school, when using time in a focused way is key to productivity, but also in the long run. Additionally, many students have said that their studies in the arts are what kept them in school at all- something that shouldn't be taken lightly.

Teaching the arts to students can also breed skills outside the classroom. The same publication mentioned earlier cited music and dance as conducive to better social skills in kids. Some of this came from boosted confidence, but it is also known that shared musical experiences can cause bonding. Even aside from this, the arts are a great way to connect with people over common interests. Kids also share how the arts kept them in better social circles, including pianist and Britain's Got Talent victor Tokio Myers.

On top of that, the arts have long been a way of sharing important stories, which helps not just kids but everyone who consumes them to understand other people better. John Green's most recent bestseller, "Turtles All The Way Down", shares the experiences of a teen with OCD in a way that only someone with this disorder could explain. He refers to this painting inside and outside the book as something that represents his own OCD in a way that only art can. This just goes to show that art doesn't just give people a voice- it helps them feel heard.

What does this mean in terms of art in our schools specifically then? It removes the baseline of artistic experiences. Yes, kids can get exposure to art through outside opportunities, but not everyone is able take advantage of those and, even if they can, not every parent may initiate extracurricular arts involvement on their own. Many kids around the world who begin artistic endeavors in school go on to become artists. It's like any other subject- you teach it to them so they can learn, but some kids get really taken with the ideas and decide to do it for the rest of their life, whether it starts in a basic class or further on into their schooling. If we cut down on arts education, you risk losing kids who make the arts into a lifelong passion like that, or at least making it significantly harder for them to discover it. What happens then?

A common argument against arts education is that it's impossible to make money from them. Why include them so much in our education? However, this demonstrates a number of misconceptions about schooling in general. Do we learn history because we want kids to become historians, since that's a booming business right now? No. We learn it to avoid repeating mistakes from the past and to create a better future. Is physical education taught because we want all kids to become professional athletes, and that's a field overflowing with jobs? No. It's taught because it's good for our health to get our bodies moving. Extracurricular sports are often valued over curricular arts, and it's the same deal there.

Even still- look around. There's music playing through the earbuds of people walking by. Photo and video ads surround us. Movies are showing worldwide. You use websites with unique interfaces, and we read articles accompanied by photography daily. Yes, there may be ridiculously tough competition, but people can make a life out of art, even on the side. Our world wouldn't be the same if all its different forms weren't part of it.

Most of all, though, art is one of the healthiest means of release there is. As I mentioned with John Green - people can find understanding and refuge in the creation and consumption of art. Talking about emotions is good, but there's something about the rawness of art that makes it relieving in a whole different way. Participating in the arts can also give kids who are focused in academic subjects (including our country's precious STEM subjects) a break from the rest of their work. We need to encourage kids to take advantage of this outlet as early as possible.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments