Dear Daily Camera:
The arts are proven to help close the achievement gap. The collection of
research described in Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student
Academic and Social Development finds that learning in the arts may be
uniquely able to boost learning and achievement for young children,
students from economically disadvantaged circumstances, and students
needing remedial instruction.
The No Child Left Behind Act recognizes the arts as a core academic
subject, making them eligible for inclusion in broad categories such as
teacher training, school reform, and technology. However, recent studies
have shown that some schools are neglecting arts education in favor of
other core subjects such as math and science.
Arts Education helps prepare a creative workforce. According to a 2007
Conference Board report “Ready to Innovate,” there is overwhelming support
from school superintendents (98 percent) and corporate leaders (96
percent) that creativity is of increasing importance to the U.S. workforce.