The school that art saved: How music, dance, and painting helped revive a struggling school in Bridgeport, Conn. – and how it could show others the way.
By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo.
The article states,
“In elementary schools where at least three-quarters of the students were from low-income households, 11 percent offered no music and 20 percent offered no visual arts in 2009-10, according to the most recent national data. That compared with 6 percent and 17 percent of elementary schools overall. For high schools, the gaps were even larger, with about 10 percentage points separating low-income and overall schools. At the same time, evidence has been building that the arts can have positive effects on everything from students’ school attendance to their mastery of math. . .
“It seemed to us very wrong that the kids who needed it the most were getting it the least,” says Rachel Goslins, former executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, created in 1982 to advise the White House.
In 2011, the committee piloted the Turnaround Arts initiative – using arts integration as a key strategy to reform eight of the nation’s most challenged schools, including Roosevelt.”
There are 98,817 public schools in the U.S.
There is no doubt that our government knows and understands that an Arts foundation in education is the best solution to many of the problems children face in school.
The question is why local education agencies in large urban districts do not provide an enhanced Arts program in the neediest educational areas instead of denying those children the advantages and opportunities an Arts education provides?
The answer is simple. In a municipal government, an agency cannot increase their budget unless they overspend the previous years budget and show that the programs they have initiated are failing due to lack of funds.
Our government is preying on the “poor” to supply the profits of the “hedgehogs” thereby securing their position in the government.
All of America’s children deserve to be saved from the dehumanizing system of education we currently employ.
All of America’s children deserve and should expect to receive an excellent education.
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