Arts and Education
Expression through art is extremely important for children to be encouraged and taught to do. It’s one of the best ways to free our minds and project our ideas to the rest of the world. You might have a song that says everything you feel or a picture that shows how you see the world. The Arts as a whole are such a vital part of our development as children. Researchers think that incorporating art into their classrooms more often has actually caused teachers and students to approach learning and teaching differently. These classes and curriculum get teachers engaged in their lessons and students learn hands on while making their own art and expression. Being encouraged to be creative and help broaden their artistic horizons students can increases their self-confidence and problem solving skills. When you teach children art skills they can then take what they have learned and improve on it to reflect themselves. A study done in Florida found that in 2002 41% of potential dropout students mentioned that the arts are what kept them from dropping out. That alone tells you that the feeling of being free and of self-expression through art helps kids focus and accomplish great things.
It is our job as a society to really put a major focus on getting kids involved in the Arts. Get them excited about learning a skill that will continue to give back. Get them excited to record family outings by getting them a camera. Let them dance like no one is watching. The Arts can also function as positive coping mechanism. Can you think of a time where you were unable to express how you feel? Imagine not having an outlet to express all your fears or anxieties of life. Music is a great way to express how you feel in a very raw and beautiful way.
Teaching kids to express themselves through music can have an extremely positive impact. Music can help them sort out their emotions instead of hiding from them and potentially coping in a more harmful way. A drop in center for youth in Seattle called YouthCare provides a safe place where kids can go and learn how to play instruments in an engaging and trusting environment. Reading music is like learning another language. Music borrows from so many different aspects of education. A lot of math involved in the creation of music which can allow for teaching students in a fun and very interactive way. This center, with the help of a professor from University of Washington, found that homeless youth found ways to have some form of music interaction on a daily basis. Everyone deserves the right to artistic expression and we need to make sure that we teach those who don’t think they know how.
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