Many of us grew up with it, back in the day when it was naturally assumed that exploring, understanding, appreciating and participating in music, drama, dance and the fine arts was unquestionably desirable and indeed necessary for a well rounded education.
Those days are gone. Today exposure to the arts is too often either a happy accident or an "elitist" indulgence.
We need to change that. Why? Because Arts in Education is freaking valuable. It can have a huge impact on the future of our next generation. See the bottom of this article for ways to help NOW.
A few facts from recent studies:
1. An extensive body of correlational data in the United States reveals that students who participate in a large number of arts courses have higher educational attainment levels...