Try to imagine a world without art. The word culture would vanish from our vocabulary. Every building is a copy of the one next to it. Every person dressed exactly the same. Every city is laid out the same way. Every line is straight, because it never curved. Technology is almost non-existent. All because creativity was never generated.
What does a school without art look like? A cold, concrete building void of all color. No kindergarten finger painting, no choir concerts or school plays to go to, no dress codes, no marching bands. And can you imagine your adolescence without a single high school dance?
The arts are integral to our daily lives. They need to be an equally integral part of education. Arts belong in the classroom because they belong in our world. Excluding the arts from education would deprive our children of creative outlets and deny them the chance to develop as creative, critical thinkers and citizens. The arts give us a way to create, understand and embrace all the differences in our world. And American education needs to prioritize and take ownership of the mission to develop the creative thinkers our current social, economic, political and cultural circumstances demand.
I started this blog as the next step in an independent study project in arts education in America. Each week I will be analyzing scholarly papers, news articles, current US policy, case studies and other reports regarding arts in education. The scope of this blog is unlimited. I hope it will extend beyond its initial academic and personal purposes to bring arts education issues and advocacy to people through this unique medium.