Why are the Arts disciplines important to my student’s education?
When I first started homeschooling, Art classes were the furthest thing from my mind. It was all about the curriculum and what I could afford. You can read more about my start into homeschooling through this series of blog posts. Here in this post I would like to answer why arts are important in educating your student.
What are the Arts disciplines?
Let’s start with definitions. On this website, when we say that your student should have access to all of the four (4) Arts disciplines, we are defining its as outlined on this Teacher website
Students should be able to communicate at a basic level in the four arts disciplines–dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts. This includes knowledge and skills in the use of the basic vocabularies, materials, tools, techniques, and intellectual methods of each arts discipline.
The U.S. Government adds a fifth art discipline as being the Media Arts.
This is key to understanding what arts integration is: “knowledge and skills in the use of the basic vocabularies, materials, tools, techniques, and intellectual methods of each“. When you join BEE’s programs, we integrate and rotate the arts electives within all of our core subject classes.
Why is this important to your students education?
Arts integration completes what your student needs in order to receive a well rounded education. We all want our children to be successful but having “the right curriculum” isn’t the only answer. They also need a foundation grounded in all of the arts to be well “educated”.
Doing a Google search on ‘Why Arts Education is important’ will provide you with alot of great information. Many people have been doing the research on the importance of Arts education for years. Below is an excerpt from a study from Harvard and part of their conclusion states:
Let’s bet on history. Of course, we do not know for sure what is the best education for children to ensure that they will grow up to lead productive and happy lives. But the arts have been around longer than the sciences; cultures are judged on the basis of their arts; and most cultures and most historical eras have not doubted the importance of studying the arts. Let’s assume, then, that the arts should be a part of every child’s education and treat the arts as seriously as we treat mathematics or reading or history or biology. Let’s remember why societies have always included the arts in every child’s education. The reason is simple. The arts are a fundamentally important part of culture, and an education without them is an impoverished education leading to an impoverished society. Studying the arts should not have to be justified in terms of anything else. The arts are as important as the sciences: they are time-honored ways of learning, knowing, and expressing.
Let’s face it, as parents, all we want is to prepare our students to be independent thinkers, be able to stand on their own, and make an impact in the world.
I can tell you from my own experience of bringing Professional Artists into our program that I have personally witnessed the transformation of many students lives through their experiences and interactions with these artists.
Would you consider adding the Arts into your “curriculum” by Joining Us?