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Losing the arts means losing education

By C.M. Bateman and Kaitlyn Tran

Staff Writers

Recently, schools across the country have been cutting art programs.

This affects the students by not allowing them to express themselves, and it makes it more difficult for the students to master their core subjects. Without the arts, dropout rates can increase.

Schools in the United States have been shifting their attention to Common Core and away from the arts. However, the arts are very beneficial toward the development of the next generation of children as they grow up.

Estrella Esparza-Johnson, an actress who teaches Introduction to Drama and Advanced Acting for the Expeditions team at Summit Public Schools, said, “I started to see that drama and the skills that it develops are good for intrapersonal communication, development of language and vocabulary, confidence, public speaking, media literacy, critical analysis, critical thinking, and just, a place for kids to be creative.”

A report by the Arts Education Partnership shows that students exposed to drama, music and dance are more skilled in reading, writing and math.

The arts give students a way to express themselves in school, and this could develop new ideas.

Performing arts help children gain self-reliance as well as collaboration with others in order to reach a goal.

They can learn that there are many different ways to develop a skill.

Studies have shown that students who do performing arts get higher scores on their academic quizzes and tests.

A report by the Rand Corporation says that students who do performing arts are also likely to “connect with people more deeply to the world and open them to new ways of seeing.”


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