Ten Arts Education Facts

Proof arts education is valuable to society

Art, including music, theater, dance, sports and visual arts, has a huge impact on life. Although it’s multi-cultural and subjective, it plays a huge rule in everyone’s life whether they realize it or not. As educators around the world cut arts funding, it’s important to note ten facts in support of arts education.

1. Students involved in an art form are four times likely to be recognized for academic achievement. They tend to be smarter in many subjects, including science, math, engineering, architecture, geography, philosophy.

2. Students who have high participation in arts but low socioeconomic status have a five times lower school dropout rate than their low socioeconomic peers.

3. Low income students highly engaged in arts are twice as likely to graduate college as their peers who don’t have arts education.

4. Students who have four years of arts and music classes average nearly one hundred more points on their SAT scores than those who take one half year or less.

5. United States federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act recognize arts as a core academic subject. Also, 48 states have adopted standards for learning in the arts.

6. Creativity is the number one skill seventy-two percent of business leaders say they are seeking to find during the hiring process.

7. Ninety-seven percent of elementary schools in the United States do not offer dance with ninety-six percent not offering theater classes.

8. Most Americans believe arts education is vital to providing a well-rounded education.

9. African-American and Hispanic students tend to have less than half of the access to arts education than their white peers.

10. Two-thirds of public school teachers believe that arts education is getting phased out of the school day.

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