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Art in the Public School Systems... Common Core

With things like Common Core and other standardizations, art, among other "extracurricular" classes are often cut from public schools. What are the negative impacts of this? How can children benefit from having their creative outlet taken from them, and how will they truly become well-rounded people if they are not exposed to a new ways of thinking, a variety of subjects and social interactions? While I can think of many negative effects of these "cuts," the positives are few and far between, and shaky at best.

  • Talking about the prevalence of band, orchestra, and chorus over art such as painting and drawing classes. – gabrielleceleste 8 years ago
  • Good point; but even those classes are excluded in many cases. I know that the school where I used to teach (in NC) only offered "music" once a week... Band was an extracurricular, if students could "skip" parts of other classes... and chorus was an after-school club. – burchdm 8 years ago
  • Children, and more over, human beings, are not machines. Creativity is critical to maintain a balanced education. Additionally, kids are by no means skilled at the same things; a dyslexic child taught that passing standardized tests is of utmost importance, and who is thus cut off from arts education, may never realize her full potential. – emilyak 8 years ago