Many school districts across the country are asking themselves one important question: how essential is art in school?
Penn State professor of art education Christine Marmé Thompson says that works of art are usually “about” something, they can bind curriculum and aid kids in synthesizing all learning during the day.
Schools and colleges are emphasizing STEM subjects to boost competitiveness, rather than the basic 3Rs. The arts have taken a back seat to increasing our mathematical proficiency. Can they still be a core subject in the United States?
“Seeing art as expendable indicates a deep misunderstanding of the role it plays at the center of learning. The visual arts are a powerful language for communicating concepts and theories in any field, both during the process of being developed and once they are finished ‘products’ to be shared with others,”says Professor Thompson.
There is a growing movement to turn STEM into STEAM – adding Arts to Science, technology engineering, and math. Creating this synergy between subjects helps kids learn in a much more complete way.