Benefits of the Arts This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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     The arts are an essential part of public education. From dance and music to theater and the visual arts, these programs give children a means of expression that helps capture their passions and emotions, allowing them to explore new ideas. The arts touch every aspect of our lives.

The arts can play a crucial role in improving students’ ability to learn because they can make use of a range of intelligence and learning styles. Schools that incorporate music, art, drama, dance and creative writing into their curricula have found that teaching the arts has significantly affected a student’s overall success in school. I believe the success is based on the fact that the arts are closely associated with important ideas and events in history. Students who have a good background in the arts are likely to have more information and insight.

Education of the arts not only enhances students’ understanding of the world, it also broadens their perspective on academics. The arts allow us the creativity to express ourselves while challenging our intellect. Art and musical expression exercises the right side of the brain - the intuitive portion - unlike most academic classes, which focus on the left side.

According to experts, it is necessary to exercise or use both sides of the brain to maintain balanced emotions. The arts unite life and learning and are essential in the development of the whole person.

The arts can change the classroom environment, making learning a lively and rewarding experience. With their emphasis on creative discovery and their ability to stimulate a variety of learning styles, the arts create enthusiasm and motivation for learning. The arts also teach discipline, the value of determination to achieve excellence and the rewards of hard work.

Creativity is crucial to the learning process and useful in many fields including architecture, engineering, physics, chemistry and mathematics. Overall it helps to incorporate the creative expression of thought.

From my point of view, the arts are just as important as any other subject. In many high schools, though, science and math are priorities and the arts are considered less important. In recent years, there has been discussion about continuing these programs. Some feel that, because of budget problems, schools should cut music and theater programs to save money. I strongly disagree. What we learn in these classes is priceless. The arts challenge us to work hard, handle disappointment and encourage us to strive for perfection.

My school definitely has a budget problem. They have already made many cuts in staff to help ease the deficit. It makes me wonder how far they will go. I hope my school will overcome its budget problems without discontinuing the arts.

The arts are my life, and through them, I have received many honors. I hope my school and others realize their importance and how beneficial they are to students, not only for what it teaches us in these fields, but also what it teaches us about the world and life.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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nelehjrThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 30, 2013 at 8:24 pm
You state your opinions in a very wise manner. All your thoughts are very well thought out. It is ovious that you put a lot of research into your subject. In my opinion an artist's job is to capture the moment. 's why God made artists. I wish you the best of luck with your school's funding problem.
 
bookmouse said...
Aug. 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm
I agree. I was in ceramics last year (and am studying it independently this year) and it has so many benefites. Students who had been taking ceramics classes at for 2+ years found the spacial awareness they needed for their math classes easier. Many students did projects commenting on current issues such as extinction of species. In addition, it was definately an outlet for many people's emotions! Congradulations on getting in the magazine!
 
bri_bri said...
Jan. 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm
i like htis article i think its really neat i actually took info from here an used it in my report i did i really think this is cool 
 
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