To the casual observer, the students doing pirouettes and moon-walking to a Michael Jackson number in Melissa Colon’s after-school practice at Babb Middle School are having fun learning the routine and getting exercise.
But like those in countless classes throughout the state and the country, these students are developing skills that not only will help in careers where they’ll perform in front of audiences, but could also help them become better doctors, engineers, construction contractors, firefighters, teachers, or other p九龙高手水心论坛精选
For the past decade or so, there’s been a renewed emphasis on arts education. When many schools reduced or did away with extracurricular courses such as band, dance, and visual arts, one effect seen was students less engaged and less likely to hone skills such as critical thinking, collaboration and creativity.
A study by the College Board showed that students who took four years of art scored 91 points better on the SAT college-entrance exams.
After the recession of 2008, 80% of the nation’s schools faced budget cuts. During that same time, the call for school accountability emphasizing standardized tests pushed educators to prioritize science and math over other subjects. Arts programs often were the first victims, and lower-income and minority students were the most likely to lose their art programs. In Los Angeles County alone, one-third of the arts teachers were let go between 2008 and 2012, according to state data.
A survey by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies showed that during fiscal year 2019, after adjusting for inflation, art funding throughout the years has decreased 43.4 percent.
“In general, numerous studies have shown the direct correlation of arts education to positive social, emotional and academic impact. It provides discipline and an environment that breaks down social and cultural barriers, while giving students a chance to explore their talents and abilities,” said Jennifer Dobbs, executive director of the ArtsBridge Foundation, citing data from the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Education and several college-level studies.