Impact of Arts in Education
“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.” Sir Ken Robinson, author and education expert
While literacy is absolutely vital, students become energized by Arts Integration in a way that is difficult to duplicate when only reading from a book. Through arts-based projects the student’s retention of the material improves, along with a realization that what they study in class has a correlation to real life.
How does that work?
We don’t all learn in the same way. Children learn by exploring; by seeing, by doing and by becoming part of a project that makes the subject their own. Project-based education lets students get their hands into learning. It inspires children to enjoy their education and participate more fully in it. Arts Integration taps into different styles of learning and gives children alternative ways to succeed. It allows visual learners to grasp difficult material and inspires them to think more deeply about what they’re studying.
Many studies have shown that when students are involved in the arts, their overall achievement improves, not only in the arts, but in all academic subjects. The College Board reports that students who take more art courses average 100 points higher on their SAT exams than their peers.
Critical to leveling the playing field
The arts are critical to leveling the playing field of opportunity for children from low-income areas, according to the Secretary of Education, and yet these children are twice as likely not to have access to the arts. When students are reached early in life with Arts Integration, it helps them reach grade level and stay there. That makes them more likely to enjoy and succeed in school, and less likely to fall behind, become discouraged and drop out.
Working together on projects also encourages life skills like cooperation, compromise, team building and problem solving.
Creativity is number one
The arts encourage what are known as 21st Century Skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. These skills are vitally important to helping children thrive in school, and later in life. In fact, creativity is the number one characteristic sought by employers today.