Stop Cutting Arts From Our Schools!

So the “powers that be” have decided that the only REAL important thing that happens in a school today is how well the kids do on the FCAT (for you non Floridians that is the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test) I am sure there is a PCAT and a CCAT or similar in Pennsylvania and California

So in order for our kids to be ready for the all important FCAT, it seems everything else had to go. So now the local schools have dropped, art, music, languages, theater, band, and many other all important aspects of the overall education of our children.

So while the schools get money based on their FCAT scores, the kids no longer learn about art, music, and theater. I would like to say at least they are learning about writing, reading and mathematics, but that is not even true. The only thing these kid are learning these days is “How to pass the test! I can’t tell you how many times I have heard the phrase “teach to the test”

It is beyond my comprehension how a school that offers no music, no art, no theater, no chorus, and no languages can still be rated an “A” school. And as for the way they are treating the teachers in all of this nonsense…well that is a whole other topic

Studies show that involvement in the arts triggers the right side of the brain used in problem solving, visual-spatial abilities, self-criticism, developing social skills and how to learn from mistakes. And for many children, art classes allow them to express themselves & feel unique and appreciated which they may not get from regular math and science classes.

Art and music classes offer much more than the ability to paint a landscape or recognize a Mozart symphony. Learning experts insist that education in the arts ensures an enriched cultural appetite stronger analytical skills, higher achievement in other subjects and – down the road – greater success in the workplace.

And yes while reading and writing is very important and we need to continue to instill that in our kids, To quote Richard Dreyfuss from the movie Mr Holland’s Opus, “Well, I guess you can cut the arts as much as you want, Sooner or later, these kids aren’t going to have anything to read or write about”