A closer look into how important arts are to our education and insight into why this problem needs to be solved.
Introduction | Page 2
The lack of emphasis on the arts within schools has been an ongoing issue for as long as I can remember. Arts are usually cut from schools or essentially get little to no funding which makes it hard to fully engage all the students. The truth is the creative side of things is no less important than any other curriculum taught in schools. The problem is our society and what we view as the right thing to teach and what is actually valuable to us as humans. In today’s society, creative skills are suppressed while analytical skills are applauded.The arts and the teaching of them has been done for many generations and they have only begun to be cut in the past decade.
If these creative classes were not important then why would we have kept them within schools till recent years? The issues surrounding arts being cut or discouraged in schools needs to be solved because they are just as important as any other subject. Throughout the course of my argument I will aim to prove that the arts should be kept within the education system due to what they provide to students by improving academic skills, creativity, and motivation.
"Every Child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"
Impacts Of Arts
Impacts | Page 3
A huge impact of the arts is the improvement of academic skills within students by evoking a specific set of thinking skills that otherwise would be hard to obtain.
Another reason for the arts to remain in schools is the increase in creativity and self expression that it causes within students education.
The inclusion of the arts within schools also increases students motivation especially those within economically disadvantaged communities.
In her article, Ellen Winner explained how the arts improve things such as visual-spatial abilities, reflection, self-criticism, and the willingness to experiment and learn from mistakes (29-31). This can be very telling about how important arts are to us as a society and our education system by helping shape students futures.
Many times within education they are discouraged from the arts and that sometimes leads students to the belief that they are not creative or talented enough. The arts if anything give the students a chance to be creative and self expressive in ways that they can not in other classes which is a convincing enough reason to keep arts in schools.
The arts can be many things and among those it can be an outlet for students. With that in mind when students are provided with the arts they become more motivated to want to learn. They have a better attitude due to the arts which transfers to other subjects and can overall improve their performance.
What Does Art Do?
Purpose | Page 4
Art has been the symbolism for many social movements because of its ability to start conversation. Many artists made art showing their oppression and inequality which can help us fully understand these movements and how they gained momentum. Students should be educated about art to fully understand social movements and history.
Ai Wei Wei's piece depicting the mass migration due to poverty and war.
Danny Lyon's photography depicting the civil rights movement and police brutality.
Banksy touches on many issues in his work, within this piece he depicts the effects of pollution.
Fixing the Problem
Conclusion | Page 5
Due to all these points and so many more it is clear that actions need to be taken to ensure that arts remain apart of the education system.
Some solutions include:
STEM vs STEAM: STEM is science,technology,engineering and mathematics and has been really gaining popularity in recent years.. STEAM is a similar idea but adds in arts to the whole prefix which could be very beneficial.
Causing Awareness: Many people do not know what we are depriving students of and so educating the public can help a lot.
Integrating arts in other ways: By having more creative ways of approaching other classes. Instead of taking a standardized test we could have students think about the problem more creatively.
Prince EA had many good points that really show how much creativity is needed and how much our education system needs to change.
There is so many ways to fix this problem and if we start making strides now big changes can come very soon. A world without creative minds is not an ideal world, it is important we try to work to fix this problem as soon as possible. Creativity is a key part of humanity and without it our world would not be as vibrant.
Sources | Page 6
Winner, E., & Hetland, L. (2008). Art for our sake school arts classes matter more than ever-but not for the reasons you think. Arts Education Policy Review, 109(5), 29-31. Retrieved from
Hancock, Dawson. Sarah Wright. “Enhancing Early Childhood Development Through Arts Integration in Economically Disadvantaged Learning Environments” The Urban Review, Vol. 50, 2017, pp.430-446. SpringerLink, https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11256-017-
Leonard, A. E., & Odutola, A. O. (2016). "I am artistic": Mixed method case study research of preservice generalists' perceptions of arts in education. Studies in Art Education, 57(3), 279-299. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00393541.2016.1178019