Fine Arts vs Public Schools
Incorporating art work in the education system is an integral part of the development of every person. The people who have gone through the learning process Fine Arts vs Public Schools throughout the learning ages have emphasized on the importance of including art programs in the process of education. Education of artwork includes various disciplines such as dance, theatre, visual arts and music. These disciplines are part of every person’s culture and heritage. Art is what makes the people to be human and to be more complete. Art work cannot be learned through random exposure or through occasions the way math and science can. Therefore engagement and education of fine arts are an important part in the education system and an essential component in the education program to every student starting from the baby school to the senior level (Bryant).
Sufficient information exists to support that the study of fine arts and participation in art work programs is the main component in improving the learning system throughout the academic areas of a person’s life. The evidence has shown that there is a reduction in the number of students who drop out of school, raising the student attendance in school, nurturing love for learning and attending school, developing better and efficient team players, improving the dignity of the students, enhancing and developing students who are innovative and creative and moulding citizens who are prepared to face the challenges in the workplace. This evidence can be found documented in studies which are held in varied settings from one school to another campus and on a further end in the corporate world.
There are various evidences from brain researchers which give a varied reason why education and engagements in art work and programs to be beneficial in the education system. Incorporating art programs in the education systems may facilitate in the development of the neural systems which give a wide range of benefits starting from fine motor skills to innovation and creativity and an improved emotional balance. The developers of the education system should realize that these systems will take months to even years to fine tune the students. Evidence is found in the study that was conducted in Columbia University by Judith Burton (Kaagan 16-19). The research study showed that subjects such as science, mathematics and language need complex, creative and cognitive capabilities which are not the case in the study of fine arts. By including study of fine arts, the education system would therefore nourish the integrated sensory of the student, develop individuals who have cognitive, attentive, and who have motor capacities and fine art programs would act as the driving forces behind all the other learning processes.
Fine art programs would also provide the students with the non academic benefits. For example the programs would be used to promote the self esteem, aesthetic awareness, motivation, culture exposure, improved emotional expression, creativity and social harmony and appreciation of diversity of culture and heritage. These are fibers of every country’s fabric of culture.
There are various evidences which show the benefits of including fine programs in the curriculum as reported by Champions of change (Jensen 234) and he states that every student should note that arts programs in schools are used to help reach out to the students in the methods and ways that are different from the methods normally used. This would lead to better attendance of students and lower the students drop out rates. The researcher further states that the learning environment would be transformed into an environment of discovery. This fact would ignite the students’ love of learning and not the norm learning system where they are fed with facts. The students would also connect with each other in a better way. This would result to fewer fights and a better and greater understanding of diversity and a better peer support. The art work would provide the students with challenges at all levels and therefore helping the students realize their own level of basic talent to gifts. The students would learn to be self directed and sustained learners this would be facilitated by the fact that students fed with facts from direct instructions but they would seek to extend the instructions to a better and higher level of proficiency. It has been observed that students who participate in fine art programs are positively impacted in the learning process especially the students who are from lower socioeconomic status as much as the students who are in a higher socioeconomic status.
The modern world is a witness of the age of information. The main sources of content information are no longer the text books, teachers or lecturers. Learning is however not limited to what a person’s know but it is dependent on how the information is acquired and how well, quickly, cooperatively and creatively the information is used. Today’s students are acquitted with factual data and they are starved from a meaningful learning. Workplace on requiring a student to know how to solve problems, to be in a position to make arguments plausible, have the knowledge on building coalitions and teams and incorporate the idea of fairness in every day decision (Eisner). Therefore the students should be equipped with knowledge that make them better thinkers, people with skills to solve problems and who can demonstrate creativity and team players. Therefore the education system should be in a position to offer in a greater depth learning on things and virtues that matter most in live: integrity, order, thinking skills, truth, and flexibility, sense of wonder, fairness, dignity, justice, creativity, contribution and cooperation. The arts programs would provide all these elements and virtues of life