Fine Arts Should Remain a Curriculum at Public Schools

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Lets paint a picture together. Blank walls, silent rooms, and shy students are what is brushed on the canvas. Our picture is a result of the limitations put on the powers of artistry. Staci Maiers validates that “the school play, the marching band, the drama club, the student art show - they’re usually highlights of a student’s education” (1). “. . . [Fine Arts] can connect people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing, creating the foundation to forge social bonds and community cohesion,” (qtd in Smith 2). Maiers expresses, “Because fine arts education typically is not considered core curriculum or included on high-stakes standardized test mandated by federal requirements, music, art, theater, and dance usually are the first to be left handed” (2). It is proven that “involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skills” (Smith 2). Fine Arts should remain a curriculum at public schools, because artistic creation can bring out the timid students, soundless pupils, and uncultured intellects.
“Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively,” (“Importance” 1). Being able to express thoughts and emotion through a certain body motion is utterly amazing. Tony Attwood informs, “What dancing does for me is it gives me a regular experience of an art form, contact with friends, and the regular making of new friends, [and] enjoyable evenings out . . . .” (1). Some students struggle with verbal speaking skills and dance is a form of communicating for them (“Importance” 2). “We need to be creating whole young people who are good at all of those things and the arts is a very important part of people’s lives,...

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