Andrea H Reay about 5 years ago

There are so many studies that prove that when kids have access to arts education: music, visual arts, performing arts, test scores improve. When children are engaged they are more likely to stay in school and do well. Not every child in engaged by playing sports or doing homework. Access to the arts allows more kids to succeed by encouraging their talents and sustaining involvement.  This is not a budget issue, as there are many talented professionals and organizations within our community who would volunteer to bring more arts education into the schools.  This is an issue about time and importance.  The district needs to make arts education a priority within the curriculum so that we can create stronger schools, better students, and a more successful school district.

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Gwendolyn Benedict about 5 years ago

Please bring back Mr. Plough's Summer Arts Camp. Art in Math and Computer Art are just two of the creative ways he explored and intergrated academics with art. 

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Ryan Wold about 5 years ago

The arts are definitely a way to engage and provide great opportunities for development.  Sports are but one outlet. Knowledge and experience of arts and making can help integrate several aspects of knowledge.

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Ryan Wold about 5 years ago

trying once more

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Diana Ryser about 5 years ago

This is so true.  Art sparks creative thinking and creative thinking is what is needed to succeed in this day and age.  It also helps engage students with different learning styles that often do not do well in the traditonal setting.  As Ken Robinson states in his book "Out of Our Minds", it helps some individuals that wouldn't otherwise suceed in the traditional school setting to "find their element."  Bring back the summer arts academy and incorporate art(s) into other curriculum in the classroom.

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Barbara McMichael about 5 years ago

I strongly agree with Andrea's comment about how arts education contributes to more student enthusiasm and engagement -- I think a robust and multi-faceted arts curriculum truly could be a game-changing factor for our district in terms of reducing our distressing drop-out rate and, on the positive side, increasing student achievement. 

However, I wish to take some issue with the comment that "This is not a budget issue, as there are many talented professionals and organizations within our community who would volunteer to bring more arts education into the schools." - While it is true that there are many of us out in the community who would be happy to collaborate with the schools, the school district itself must make a solid commitment -- with dollars -- to hire qualified teachers who have a thorough knowledge of the courses they are asked to teach, and then to back that instruction up with the necessary supplies, instruments, etc. This can't really be done on the cheap, any more than we can expect math classes to be taught by community volunteers with limited supplies. Arts are part of the core curriculum, and should be treated as such. 

So: I advocate equitable access for ALL of Highline's students, grades K-12, to a vibrant array of both survey and sequential classes in arts education. Painting! Music! Welding/sculpture! Dance! Ceramics! Theatre arts! Computer graphics! Needle arts and costume design! This would allow our students to learn constructive ways of self-expression and out-of-the-box thinking, and new skills in collaborating. I believe this could be the game-changer you are looking for!

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Piper Goldman about 1 month ago

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