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Benefits of arts seen in school, society

Thursday, May 10, 2012
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Teenagers across the country are constantly listening to music: at dances, on the bus, after school, and sometimes they even wake up to it.

So why, then, would school systems want to take that away from them?

Maybe because it costs too much money or because it isn't considered as important as other classes, such as science or math.

However, if someone loves something, it shouldn't be taken away from them, and since many students love the arts, that shouldn't be taken away from them, either.

According to statistics from Americans for the Arts, people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days of the week for each week through one whole year are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, three times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools, four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair and three times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem.

However, with teenagers' busy schedules, some may call this impossible to do.

So, for just average, young artists, they are more likely to do as follows, compared to their peers who aren't involved in the arts: attend music, art and dance classes nearly three times as frequently, participate in youth groups nearly three times as frequently, read for pleasure nearly twice as often and perform community service more than four times as often.

The arts obviously have a positive impact on people in several different ways, and that could help our society more than it could hurt it.

Music or the arts can be therapeutic and emotionally beneficial.

About 30 percent of teenagers in the United States of America have been involved in bullying, either as a bully or as a victim of teenage bullying, according to statistics from Family First Aid.

Many of these teenagers try to get through their problems by listening to music or writing something about it.

For some, music can express the feelings for them that they don't know how to put into words. For others, writing out what they are dealing with helps them think and reflect upon their issues.

Now, you could, of course, do this at home. Why would school need to intervene with ways you deal with your problems?

Well, most teenagers can't find time to do this at home, for their schedules are so busy with sports, homework and other extracurricular activities.

Teenage bullying is a big issue in our country, and if what people need to get through it is the arts, then they shouldn't be deprived of that.

While the arts may have a positive impact on teenagers and help them deal with issues going on in their lives, it costs money to provide these classes. With today's economy the way it is, providing what is needed for the arts is costly and unfavorable.

But in order to provide for what is needed, the arts can provide the needed money.

For example, if you needed money for certain materials for the arts that the school or the district couldn't afford, those people who participated in the arts could provide entertainment and charge for the performance, thereby raising money for the needed materials.

If you use what you already have as an advantage, then you can most likely overcome the issue.

Some may see the arts as not as important to a student's curriculum as other core subjects. However, just as many students want to become artists as they do a scientist or historian.

Plus, the arts can teach students about our culture, other cultures and cultural backgrounds.

For example, if your choir decides to sing "Yankee Doodle" for an upcoming event, the lyrics and tune of the song can teach students and have them gain a better understanding of the culture during that time period.

If you were studying Pablo Picasso in your art class, the painting and way the painting was painted could teach about the culture of that particular time period.

While it is very important in life to know mathematics and science, it is also important to have an understanding of culture in order to be able to work with others in life that may come from a different culture than you.

The arts have been important to our society for a very long time. They should not be taken away because of issues that can be resolved.

When something has a positive impact, you should act on the positive and try to work around the negative. If this doesn't succeed, you need to try harder.

 
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