By now you’ve most likely heard the commercials and arguments about how learning music helps kids (and all people) learn math. We’ve heard the argument that learning art helps kids realize that problems can be solved multiple ways and creative thinking is good for everyone. Nobody became CEO of any company without being able to think creatively. Art education helps with that. I is far more than finger painting. It also helps keep kids in school. I know, I was one of those kids.
When I was in elementary school and junior high school (like middle school only somehow different) I didn’t like school. I came up with every excuse to avoid going, I was “sick,” or truant whenever possible. I had no reason to go to school, in my young opinion. I would have rather stayed home and read a book than go to classes. Despite all of this I was an above average student, I just didn’t like going, I wasn’t interested.
Then I took an art class in 10th grade that changed everything. I had always enjoyed and even looked forward to art class but this was different. The teacher explained art theory, gave us interesting and challenging assignments, and made it fun. She cared about kids and art. I became interested in going to school.
This same teacher taught ceramics so I signed up for the class in my junior year of high school. Of course I was hooked and the rest is history. But the thing is, I didn’t want to miss a day of school because of these art classes and in the process I discovered a really great history teacher and a fantastic English teacher. I seriously enjoyed and learned from those classes too. I made certain my schedule was as filled as possible with art classes (we had a great school system) but I also learned that the other classes could be enjoyable also. School became interesting and fun. I wanted to go there. That would never had happened if budget cuts had removed the art classes.
My story is one of the main reasons I hate seeing art classes cut from the budget. What was your favorite class in school?
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