Frank Clark
Frank Clark

Damn, I was hoping it wasn't that bad.

Kristen Engebretsen
Kristen Engebretsen
  • Frank Clark

Lest we become too discouraged, here are three stats from the Navigator to encourage arts supporters: 93% of Americans agree that the arts are a vital part of a well-rounded education; 96% of elementary schools offer music; and at-risk kids who participate in the arts are 5x more likely to graduate from high school!

Ibrahim Alade Usman
Ibrahim Alade Usman
  • Frank Clark

Kristen Engebretsen what is the solution ?

Paul Kaplan
Paul Kaplan

Theater education is essential for building character, respect and a sense of community. There are many statistical studies that have determined that children who participate in theater education programs are less likely to be disrespectful of their classmates and and more likely to participate in other activities. Faculty members who participate in theater programs bring respect and status to the their schools and connect to a network of valued community members. Literacy and problem...

Theater education is essential for building character, respect and a sense of community. There are many statistical studies that have determined that children who participate in theater education programs are less likely to be disrespectful of their classmates and and more likely to participate in other activities. Faculty members who participate in theater programs bring respect and status to the their schools and connect to a network of valued community members. Literacy and problem solving skills are far more effectively taught through actually applying the skills - theater education does that most effectively. It's not "brain surgery" it's just good educational practice.

Paul Kaplan
Paul Kaplan
  • Paul Kaplan

Only 4% of elementary schools offer a drama education program - that is the cold hard fact - and an embarrassment in a country where the media spends 65% of its time and money on the entertainment business - what's wrong with that picture?

Dan Zywan
Dan Zywan

Scores in math and science declined when classes in the arts were cut.

Paul Kaplan
Paul Kaplan
  • Dan Zywan

There is no question the arts education and success in literacy and mathematics go hand in hand -- but there is a fear factor involved here that ties the hands of principals who believe that the arts are crucial - the TEST taking mentality trumps any hope of getting the arts back into the schools - we are a society that wants instant results - the impact that quality arts education has on a school system takes a full cycle (12 years) to come to fruition - no one appears ready to wait in this...

There is no question the arts education and success in literacy and mathematics go hand in hand -- but there is a fear factor involved here that ties the hands of principals who believe that the arts are crucial - the TEST taking mentality trumps any hope of getting the arts back into the schools - we are a society that wants instant results - the impact that quality arts education has on a school system takes a full cycle (12 years) to come to fruition - no one appears ready to wait in this culture of fear- The media needs to dwell on the successes and less on the fear of failure - there are so many wonderful success stories with regard to quality arts programs in dance, theater, visual arts and music - It's time they got the spotlight

Crystal Nicole M
Crystal Nicole M

-sad =(

Mark West
Mark West

This is absolutely disgusting. It just proves to me further that we are eliminating "CHILDHOOD"! What happened to the days where schools made you well-rounded. This actually answers my question of why there are less creative people in the world today. Before I graduated from high school I thought I wasn't creative and creativity wasn't important but now that I'm 21 I realize it is an essential component to developing cognitive abilities!

Michelle Graznak
Michelle Graznak

How ironic when theater and other performing and visual arts are the way students most comfortably communicate. Look at how young people idolize music and theater personalities. Doesn't that say something too?

Lilia Slavova
Lilia Slavova

I am teaching outreach program it the kids for Hoffman Boston in Arlington, VA.The kids benefit so much.But I was optimistic (WAW) and pressed 39%.Lilia, Lilia , you were so wrong.So sad!

Brigit Haucke
Brigit Haucke

They are heading in that same direction to take writing classes away too. This is the governments way in continuing to dummy everyone down. Writing, arts, etc... all ways of expressing our feelings, communicating, getting our words out to the public... think about it.

Mario Giorno
Mario Giorno

Are you f***ing kidding me? That's pathetic.

Richard Johnson
Richard Johnson

This is definitely worth taking a look at. And friends like Missie and Sean-Edward and other friends who are in theater will find it more interesting/ sad.

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