Why Art Education is Crucial

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Why Art Education is Crucial
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Tue, 04-24-2012 - 4:51pm

Another member posted this article link on the teen board during a discussion and I thought it was a great article going into the last few months of this election year push because as we all know, especially us that have kids so much into the arts, art and any other thing that's considered "extra and non essential" like art, music, PE, etc. are being cut and cut by school districts because of the lack of funding by our politicians essentially.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Sat, 04-28-2012 - 3:14pm

I pulled my kids out of a top public school and put them in a Christian school in part because of their lack of access to the arts. Sure, the school they were in had great arts programs, but because of scheduling conflicts and ridiculous work loads, kids were basically forced to choose between the honors track academic courses and taking art or music.

At their new high school, the entire community gets involved in the arts. Kids who are in the play or musical, or go on tour with the honors chorus,

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Registered: 01-05-2005
Thu, 04-26-2012 - 9:15am

I do think that parent advocacy is important, and encouraging kids to study art, music, etc. We live in a ver high-performing district and one negative of that is kids don't want to take unweighted classes - do AP Art History is okay, but ceramics is not. Both of my girls sacrificed some class rank to take music and art instead of solely sticking with Honors/AP classes. One thing that our district did was eliminate class rank, in part to address this issue- let kids explore their passions even if it wasn't a class to help their GPA. I think when parents write letters to the school board, talk to their principals, keep abreast of legislation, and encourage other parents to support the arts, we can make a difference.

My four kids are excellent students, but I don't want their sole focus to be core academics. Right now, orchestra is a fun, nurturing , engaging place for my ds12, and a "break" from the constant academic pressure of his other classes.

Community Leader
Registered: 12-16-2003
Wed, 04-25-2012 - 7:58pm
It is a political question be it on a local or national level, how we fund our schools is all political. I like more home rule so that the residents can determine what they want in their schools. We have oustanding music programs, my kids are /have been in both chorus and bands. But, it is the residents that keep it great as we pressure the school board, all elected positions. Same with the art program, in fact the high school is adding classes to next course curriculum in the art department.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Wed, 04-25-2012 - 5:14pm

How about if we DON'T make this a political thread, and instead talk about arts education?

Our school board recently proposed a budget that would have cut the elementary string teacher position.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 7:15pm
I honestly think I disagree with that, I don't feel like, and have not seen either political party really support homeschooling other than to say that yes, conservatives do tend to be on the side of less government interference' but overall, and working in a state education agency, it really appears that is harder than ever for people to homeschool their kids because of government interference.
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Registered: 12-16-2003
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 5:36pm
Really conservatives do? Sorry, as a conservative family we see the most generous families are often the most conservative. Our district runs tons of art shows, music camps and such. The democrats want to take our money to feed the kids crappy lunches and breakfasts but not invest in important programs to help all the kids. As some one who was licensed daycare provider, I can tell you how wasteful and unhealthy that food program.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 11-13-2011
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 5:09pm

Public schools are being set up to fail, because conservatives want everyone to homeschool their child, or send their child to a private religious school.

That is what is going on.

But not everyone can homeschool and not everyone can afford private schools, even with vouchers.