The Arts are Crucial to Childhood Development
The arts are not only enjoyable and enrich our lives, contribute to our communities and culture, but they are crucial to a child’s development and well-being. A strong arts education promotes the life skills that children need to succeed.
Studies present compelling evidence that participation in the arts has strong academic as well as social benefits. Research has shown that the skills a child learns through the arts, can help them master their academics such as reading and math.
An arts education promotes independent learning, and improves critical and creative thinking skills. Along with learning to be self-directed, students also learn to collaborate with others, compromise, and problem solve in a group, as well as take direction - thus improving their social skills around their peers and those in authority. Students of the arts have also shown to have better self-esteem and a healthier body image.
It seems clear, studying the arts contributes to a child's achievement and success both in school and life.
High Arts Participation Means Higher Test Scores
A study at UCLA found students who had a greater participation in the arts did better in school and achieved higher standardized test scores than their peers with little arts participation. Studies show that students who take arts classes score higher in their math and verbal SAT scores than students who take no arts classes - and the more arts classes a student takes, the higher their scores
High arts-involved students were also shown to be more active, spent less time watching TV, and more time involved in their community.
The Arts Can Make Children Smarter
Neuroscientists, from several prestigious universities, conducted a 3- year study investigating the question, “Are smart people drawn to the arts or does arts training make people smarter?” The scientists who participated in the study found several tight correlations between arts exposure and improved learning skills, such as attention and cognition Students involved in the arts had better ability to focus and memorize, as well as read at a higher level than their peers.
Creativity/Innovative Thinking is Critical for Future Employment
Recent studies have concluded that in our global market, employers are placing greater value on finding and employing creative/innovative workers. Employers believe that the ability to think critically, to problem solve, to work as a team, and to create and innovate, will be necessary in order for a worker to compete in the marketplace.
And these skills are learned and developed through the arts