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Discussions crop up here and there about whether it’s worth funding the arts in schools. There is so much that needs to be paid for, is it worth providing art classes, music classes, and drama classes? The answer is a resounding yes! If anything, the arts are currently underfunded.
So why do we need the arts? Too many of our students today lack in using creativity. Instead of learning how to creatively solve problems, they are instead given problems to solve that don’t require much thought. When outside of school, they are entertained by video games, movies, TV shows, and computers.
But creativity is essential to success. Even those students who don’t end up as artists or musicians still need creativity. You’ll find that the most amazing business leaders are ones that are able to look at a problem that seems unsolvable and figure out a solution that benefits all those who are involved. Creativity is used in every aspect of our lives. Even parents need creativity in thinking up fun activities for their children to do or creative ways to teach children what behavior is expected of them.
And the arts can lay a foundation for other learning. Did you ever think about how much math is needed for music? At the beginning of each song is a fraction that is used to determine which notes get the beat and how many notes are in each measure. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much benefit to having arts included in the curriculum.