I wanted to share with our community an article about the value of arts in education. At JAIS we work very hard to make sure that we offer more than just academics to our students, which is why we have speciality courses in Studio Art, Music, PE and Spanish. We are committed to integrating art into the educational experience of our students. What is fascinating to learn is that research is now finding that students enrolled in schools with integrated art programs are benefitting in more ways than one, including increased achievement in academic areas such as reading and mathematics. Employers today are citing creativity as a key personality trait they look for when hiring college graduates to work at their firms. What better way to foster creativity than to commit ourselves to strong programs that encourage artistic development?
The following is an article from Edutopia addressing the value of arts in Education entitled, “Why Arts Education is Crucial, and Who’s Doing it Best”
How do you, as the JAIS community, feel about integrating arts into education? Would you like to see more art classes? Less? If we were to integrate more art into our program, what areas would we need to remove in order to support more arts? Should art programs be mandatory within our school day, or offered as optional after school activities?
We look forward to hearing from you!