The three R’s (reading, writing and arithmetic) are important, but they aren’t the be all and end all of education; aRt is important too.
Owing to budgetary constraints, arts education has been steadily decreasing in our schools, while math and reading have slowly taken over the curriculum.
This is a worrisome trend given that the arts have been linked to academic achievement and social/emotional development.
Standardized testing has, to a degree, necessitated this shift, but what administrators fail to realize, is that involvement in the arts can actually lead to gains in math and reading – as well as cognitive ability and critical thinking.
For the disengaged, art can be a refuge. For the bored, it can be fun. Speaking from experience, my schooling would have sucked without it.
Math and reading are certainly important, but so too are the arts.