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eng 101 ass 1 - Rebecca Densen Assignment 1 A Disservice to...

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Rebecca Densen 10/16/10 Assignment 1 A Disservice to Students and Society A child shows they’re creativity everyday, from coloring a picture to singing a song, from dancing around the room to making up a story because they can’t read the words. Art is defined as “the products of human creativity” (“WordNet”), and children show this all the time. If this expression and creativity is continued and encouraged over the course of a child’s life it can be a powerful thing, it can help with their future education, future occupations, their self-esteem and much more. So to cut the arts and humanities budgets in our schools would be extremely detrimental to the students of today and the society of tomorrow. For a child to obtain an arts education outside of the school system can be very expensive. In today’s economic climate it can be near impossible for many parents to afford. With the budget cuts recently made to many public schools, it seems like it may be the only option children have of getting a good arts education. So many students go without this essential form of education. Learning artistic skills will help students with their other subjects and with skills later in life. Public schools need to keep art and humanities programs going so every student can have the opportunity to meet their fullest potential. Arts education has been proven to develop imagination, as well as critical thinking and problem solving skills ("Americans for the Arts"). Children can bring this skill to help them in other classes. In mathematics, children can use this to think of the problems in ways that may help them to understand it. For example, when doing word problems the student may be more likely to visualize what is being said and more likely to find the logic behind the problem and in turn help them solve it. In English, the student is more likely to be able to think of new ideas to
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how to write their essays or how to relate stories to real life. In science class, artistic students may be able to think of new ways to think of the information. For example, in chemistry to remember when an element gains an electron the element becomes negative, a student may think of little tricks to remember this, like getting hit is a bad thing so the element getting “hit” with the electron becomes negative. Participation in the arts has also been known to stimulate memory ("Americans for the Arts"). This skill will help in memorization of foreign languages, science information and much more. All of these skills will ultimately help the student increase their grades in school. Obtaining these skills is one of the primary reasons many parents have begun to play Mozart to their children at a young age. Psychologists believe that early exposure to the arts (such as listening to Mozart) will help children begin to obtain these skills and will set them up for the years to come ("Greater Good Magazine") Participation in the arts has been proven to increase grades. A study was performed for over 10 years with more than 2500 students being observed to prove this statement. This study
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