27 Mar Arts Education
This blog was written by our Business Admin Apprentice, Donna, she is 19 and finished school in 2017.
With the arts being ‘squeezed’ out of the school curriculum I think its time to address the importance of the arts in education and how the arts help young people.
All young people need a creative outlet; it encourages individual thought and reduces stress, which is of great importance.
Arts education teaches important and essential skills, these include: autonomy, visual learning, motor skills, collaborations, and imagination.
These skills are essential to become well-rounded and functioning adults. British schools state that they’re preparing students for the future, but is that really true when they’re are preventing them from learning these essential skills?
Skills such as learning to work collaboratively and the skill of autonomy are easily learned through the arts. In groups students can learn how to work effectively with the skills they have as well as learn that each of them are valuable to the team as their knowledge and ideas are important. Furthermore, being in control of ideas and planning, these skills are essential in the workplace and hard to teach and learn outside of the arts. An example of this may be creating a small dance or drama piece.
The arts help with relieving stress and because of this it also helps with emotional wellbeing. Which is incredibly important with students in this day and age, they face such stress and such pressure to succeed that they need some time in the school day to release that tension.
Moreover, schools need to acknowledge the fact that many skills learned from the arts go on to help academically and out of school. Studies show that students who take part in arts education are 4 times more likely to be recognised for academic achievements than those who do not.
Then again, arts education should not just be about learning skills solely for academic enhancement, it should be about enjoyment and fun.