Harry Wong
Oct 2017
Vol 14 No 3

Arts in Education – Why we need it

By Teachers.Net News Desk

Arts in Education – Why we need it

While there has never been a question of the value of
English, mathematics or science in education, there has
been a widely disputed gap in the value attributed to the
arts. The areas of visual arts, drama, dance, music and
photography are sometimes considered to be ‘fluffier’
subjects than the hard hitting disciplines that mark
whether or not a student will be successful as an adult.
The arts can therefore be considered more costly, both in
monetary terms and time management.I have friends who completed their undergraduate degrees
in visual arts and art history. While they would never
question that the pursuit of these degrees fulfilled
their passion and love of learning, they do feel the
deficit of fewer career opportunities than students who
completed degrees in science or mathematics.

So, why are the arts so important?

Over the years, arts education has been placed under the
microscope. What were once thought of as ‘filler’
subjects have now gained notoriety as essential learning
areas for students. The arts have now gained their
rightful place on the same shelf as English, mathematics
and science. Here are a few important reasons why:

1) The arts can help students excel in other subject
areas. Diverse learners often require alternative
pathways so that they can grasp complex learning
concepts. By incorporating or combining the arts into
other subject areas, many students are now better able to
make connections and understand more challenging

2) The arts allow students to be creative. Exposing
students to different aspects of arts education
predispositions them to be imaginative, exploratory and
creative. They are able to visualize abstract concepts or
see beauty in non-traditional environments. It provides
students with a different avenue to be considered a
genius outside of the classic origins of the term.

3) The arts are therapeutic. Art can provide an outlet
for feelings of anger, frustration, sadness, loneliness
or jealousy. It provides an alternative way to express
feelings or identify emotions that lay beneath the
surface. Students have the opportunity to explore
different parts of their identities and share their
innermost thoughts and feelings in a medium that cannot
always be expressed through calculations or words.

The arts is an important part of learning and self-
discovery. Students should be provided with every
opportunity to learn and express themselves in order to
share their understanding of themselves and the world
around them.



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