I feel incredibly lucky to work at two schools that value our arts programs and support them as we build our schedules and budgets. However, in education as a whole right now, there is a push to focus on the Common Core-- literacy and math. Of course these areas are immensely important, but it is equally important to recognize the role that the arts may play in helping children to achieve in all areas, including these Common Core subjects and areas of social and emotional growth. This article shows that there is a strong connection between art education and academic success and that the arts are essential to the development of our students.
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