Art or no art?

There have been many studies done to try and support this claim. Even though there were varied results many still believe that art education is a major building block for success in school.

Most advocates believe that giving children the opportunity to participate in art education is the greatest gift one could give to a child. Students who participate in the arts are given the opportunity to explore their individuality and build self-esteem through their work. Many also believe that the arts not only benefit a child's individuality and self-esteem, but greatly influence the performance in other classes. For example, drawing or painting can give students who cannot yet read or write an outlet to express their imaginations. Many studies are being done to prove these beliefs. Even though there really is not any hard evidence to show that this belief is correct, many still believe that it is true. In the article "The Arts and Academic Achievement: What the Evidence Shows,aE Lois Hetland and Ellen Winner, explain that "There is a danger in such reasoning beliefs. If the arts are given a role in our schools because people believe the arts cause



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