Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
It’s tiring, I know. The argument that Arts education has a quantifiable and assuredly beneficial affect on the growth of young students (not to mention old students like myself!) almost seems passe at this point – because even when you can prove that Arts education is important, nay essential, it is still brushed off to the corner in most educational systems across the country. I don’t mean to suggest that we don’t value Arts education, because we do, but the question goes deeper: do we value it enough?
This article, which is primarily a quote from a book by Michael Sokolove called Drama High, seems to suggest that we do not. In his words, Arts education not only promotes confidence and intellectual curiosity, but it makes students more resilient. It acts, in a way, as a binding for all of the other disciplines – a contextual glue that enables and empowers students to succeed in ways they wouldn’t normally imagine because it is an inherently imaginative process. Sokolove also suggests a radical idea: if Arts education isn’t given equal weight because it isn’t tested, why don’t we just test it then? Create an evaluatory method that allows the Arts to be tested alongside Math and English, and maybe, just maybe, it will be give more credence.
What do you all think?