The Arts Support Higher Academic Achievement

In recent years, an increasing number of studies have suggested connections among cognition, social and emotional development, and the arts.  The arts offer alternative ways of thinking compared to other disciplines.

As a result, independent thinking and creativity are fostered.  Involvement in the arts allows children to express themselves—tapping into their inventiveness and creativity—and is a fun outlet that helps positively stimulate and motivate students.

Evaluation after evaluation demonstrates the extrinsic, in addition to intrinsic, benefits that are transferred to children who participate in the arts. Studies have found that students who participate in arts programs show academic progress and have associated greater levels of engagement in the arts with greater academic gains—students with high levels of participation in the arts received better grades and higher standardized test scores compared to students who had very little involvement in the arts. A wealth of research clearly shows the direct correlations to academic achievement in math and English language arts that are credited to providing students with a consistent art education program (Eisner, 202, p.75).

Other research has shown that when parents support their child’s involvement in the arts, the academic benefits are increased. (Melnick, Witmer, Strickland 2011)  With less opportunity to engage in making art in public schools, it becomes more and more important for parents to be involved in providing art opportunities for their children.

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