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 Usman
Ibrahim Usman
  • Frank Clark

Kristen Engebretsen what is the solution ?

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?

Anne Phillips
Anne Phillips

I am not surprised. Through my nfp, Kindred Spirits, I direct Children's Jazz Choirs... mainly inner-city kids from 2nd to 6th grade, no auditions. The shocking and depressing thing I have found is that most of them don't know what a melody is! They don't know the difference between singing and talking! But when I teach them the songs from the GAS (I can teach one in 10 minutes) they love them! AND they'll never forget them! Funding is hard for a small nfp especially since '08 (even...

I am not surprised. Through my nfp, Kindred Spirits, I direct Children's Jazz Choirs... mainly inner-city kids from 2nd to 6th grade, no auditions. The shocking and depressing thing I have found is that most of them don't know what a melody is! They don't know the difference between singing and talking! But when I teach them the songs from the GAS (I can teach one in 10 minutes) they love them! AND they'll never forget them! Funding is hard for a small nfp especially since '08 (even though the market is back up.) If I had a big sponsor I could do it across the country!

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

Karen Hall-Gist
Karen Hall-Gist

Doesn't surprise me. When I was in school, my school district considered drama/theatre very important and I took classes in Junior High and High School but nothing was offered in elementary school like that!

Ibrahim Usman
Ibrahim Usman
  • Karen Hall-Gist

time flies and things fall apart ....

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!

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