Are Public Schools Shortchanging Your Child鈥檚 Creativity?

Arts funding cuts are often described as unfortunate but necessary cost-saving measures by governments and local authorities.

By now, we鈥檝e all heard that Uncle Sam鈥檚 current economic status has led to nationwide budget cuts鈥?but no one really discusses the impact this has on today鈥檚 tiny tots.

While all departments are heaving under the weight of burdening finances, both budget cuts and reduction of available arts and humanities courses particularly plague the U.S. 鈥榗reative industry鈥 sector. A perfect example can be seen in the differentiation of allocated federal funding across the nation. Here, an annual $250 million of federal funds are distributed to arts and humanities, versus the $5 billion that is annually allocated to the National Science Foundation.

pencil kings shortchanged schools infographic

It seems that federal funding for class curricula has made a shift towards the more common, core subjects of Science, Math and English 鈥 (which are all very well and good, don鈥檛 get me wrong) 鈥 but riddle me this鈥hat about the arts? How will these arts funding cuts affect the creative industries in the future?

Consider the 鈥淣o Child Left Behind Act,鈥 which outlines the arts as inclusive to core academia. Yet despite this acknowledgment, fewer public elementary schools are offering arts, media, and humanities classes than just ten years ago.

Why this disparity? There would be just cause if artistic endeavors amounted to mutinous writings on the wall, but research clearly stresses the importance of creativity exploration amongstchildren of young (absorbing) ages. Creative activities serve as essential building blocks for future child development. In fact, studies show that students who study art are actually four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, and three times for likely to be awarded for school attendance.

Hopefully these artistic industry stats have started to pique your interest? Good! Now, don鈥檛 be shy 鈥 check out our latest infographic above, which highlights current funding trends, in addition to the many benefits associated with an arts and humanity education. So now it鈥檚 your time to read up, get informed about arts funding cuts, and always remember to embrace your own inner artist鈥ven if your scholastic system fails to.

Sources:
Huff Post article on arts in elementary schools

Huff Post article on Sequestration Cuts

Do Something: 11 Facts About Arts in Education

The Importance of Art in Child Development

Homeroom blog:聽The State of Arts Education in U.S. Public Schools

Philadelphia Public School Notebook blog

Artsblog: 10 Reasons to Support the Arts

 

Additional Resources:

For more information on how the arts can impact and improve your child check out this infographic with 51 Benefits of Art Education for Kids.

 

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