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Arts Education Importance

Today, there is a great problem in American schools. The ever increasing dropout rates are showing that teachers are not able to stimulate and interest their students. Children and teens are losing their ability to think creatively and on higher level because of the lack of arts education in public schools. If all children had this privilege, they would have higher test scores, would more likely go to college, and less likely to commit crimes. Students who graduate from high school are drones of a test-centered, strict curriculum based on if the student can pick the right multiple choice answer. Graduates who have graduated recently find it extremely difficult to compete in the higher education world due to their inability to think critically compared to other students from around the world.
Arts education can refer to either being specifically educated in the arts or using art as a way to teach general education (Deasy). Studying these practices encourage students to branch out and learn about other subjects. Reading, writing, and math require the understanding of symbols, and so does constructing shapes and colors in art pieces or learning music notes in order to understand fractions easier. Many schools are not meeting the sufficient amount of art education for students that would help them participate and succeed in other areas and build skills that would help them be noticed on a global level (Education Next).
The way in which people’s intellect is judged is through testing them. In many public and private schools across the country, test scores are probably the most important thing because they show who the most intelligent students are, which teachers are most effective, and what students will be boosted up to the next gr...

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"The Importance of Fine Arts Education." Katyisd.org. Katy Independent School District, n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.
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