In the US (and in many other places as well) the vast majority of teachers teach in public schools. While public education is an awesome offering in many ways, it also comes with a number of not-so-awesome things that many teachers bemoan on a regular basis. I’d say that the number one thing we hear about that would fall into this category are standardized tests. With teachers forced to spend more time on the subjects that are evaluated with standardized tests, that leaves much less time for teaching other subjects (like art and music) which are now often considered ‘extras’ or ‘luxuries’.
The handy infographic below takes a look at how public schools’ focus on teaching to the test may be squelching students’ creativity. It also looks at how arts education may help students in many other areas. Keep reading to learn more.
The Importance of Arts Education & Creativity In Public Schools
- Nationwide budget cuts have cut funding for many arts education programs
- Federal funding for class curricula has made a shift towards the common core subjects
- Annual federal funding for science is $5 billion, but only $250 million for the arts
- The No Child Left Behind Act highlights the arts (including art, music, and foreign language) as core curricula subjects, yet fewer schools are offering these subjects than a decade ago
- Students who study art are 3 times more likely to be rewarded for good attendance
- They are 4 times more likely to be awarded for academic achievement
- They tend to have higher GPAs and standardized test scores
- They have lower dropout rates
- They tend to be more involved in community service work
- Students with 4 years of art or music education score about 100 points higher on the SAT
- Arts also encourage social development, creativity, higher self worth, and positive attitude