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Monet, da Vinci, and Van Gogh. Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven. George Bernard Shaw, Tennessee Williams, and William Shakespeare. Arts Education Other than their mothers, whose life has really been influenced by what these men have done? Naturally, we’ve enjoyed what they’ve produced; but have any of their accomplishments led to ours? Why should we waste precious resources – which are already severely limited – on arts education? Sure. Beating on a drum can help blow off steam. And brandishing a paint- laden brush can foster creativity. Donning a costume and reciting lines on stage might even boost self-confidence. But other than that – what good are the arts? Adios! Art education in public schools has been on the decline since 1980. Due to sever budget cuts that have nearly crippled public education lately, even the few classes that survived the last three decades have pretty much become extinct. Many people say, “Good riddance!” Classes that teach skills like playing an instrument or painting a sunset are better off getting axed, leaving valuable dollars for worth-while classes like reading and math. But Wait Just a Minute… It turns out art fans are crowing quite loudly these days. Why? The arts might actually be more beneficial than we thought. Gasp! New research shows that a well-rounded educational experience is best. And “well- rounded” includes the arts. In fact, this teaching method is closely linked to academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Who knew?! While everyone has been worrying about how to improve math and reading scores, one of the primary study aids has quietly slipped out the back door. A recent study followed high school students for three years. The participants fell into two groups. One group took the minimum art education requirement. The other group took more than the minimum. And guess what happened. The students who took more art classes did better in both math and reading. Students who took extra arts classes were 1.5 times more likely to meet or exceed the ACT Plan national average composite scores in these subjects. Additionally, they excelled in statewide tests for math, reading and writing. Good grief. That kind of takes the wind out the sails of any naysayers. That’s Not All. There’s More. We all know there is more to life than math and reading scores. Learning to learn is far more important. And guess what. Art helps with that too. In fact, it seems art education helps with just about everything! There is a direct correlation between the ability to read music and the ability to conquer math problems. Music students in a recent study had much higher math scores than their non-musical counterparts. And, students from low socio-economic backgrounds were two times as likely to comprehend math topics if they had musical training. Want to enhance your child’s vocabulary, phonics skills, and syllabification (the separation of a word into syllables)? What about teaching them to appreciate history, myths, folktales, geography and culture? Well, help them study the lyrics of music. They can learn all that and more. Thematic learning helps youngsters learn in a safe, enjoyable, student-centered environment. This style is perfect for anyone who is struggling to learn a second language. For example, non-native English speakers should study music if they want to master the language faster. Learning to play a musical instrument is no easy feat. Many people quit before they really give it a chance. If a youngster can stick it out, they will learn the importance of hard work, practice, and discipline. Many of today’s youngsters need to learn those lessons. Entitlement is like a nasty four letter word. Contributing to an orchestra, band, or choir forces students to collaborate, work as a team, strive for a common goal, and develop negotiation skills. Those fruity, creative types have always valued art education. Apparently, the rest of us had better learn to appreciate the arts too. Go figure. The nutty ones have had it right all along!
Tags: aprendizado, arte-educação, arts education, motricidade, relações socioemocionais, socialização


Helio Rodrigues
Interessante pensarmos a similaridade dessa ocorrência, com o declínio na mesma época também no Brasil, sendo aqui também claramente percebido dentro nas escolas particulares. O artigo traz como justificativa para o encolhimento da arte nas escolas a redução de recursos e com isso o direcionamento desses recursos para matérias consideradas "essenciais" como leitura e matemática. A matéria traz ainda, mesmo que superficialmente, os resultados de uma pesquisa que mostra o desempenho de alunos em matérias formais sempre proporcional ao tempo e qualidade oferecidas pelas escolas para aulas de arte. Não resta dúvidas que a relação de um aluno com a arte vai possibilitá-lo estabelecer uma relação mais consistente com os conhecimentos formais. Esse é, seguramente, um importante material de reflexão, tanto para pais quanto para professores. E, se considerado, deve sair do lugar teórico, muitas vezes utilizado para justificar algumas parcas iniciativas arte-educacionais, para ousar práticas que, se refletidas, trazem enriquecimento para alunos, professores e pais. Sugiro ainda, que ao se refletir sobre o papel da arte na vida e na escola, que se faça uma revisão sobre esse princípio já quase institucionalizado que define a arte dentro da educação como "não cognitiva" e outros conteúdos, como a matemática, geografia... como áreas da cognição. Talvez seja esse pensamento que faz muitos acreditarem que arte na escola é recreação.

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