National PTA Spotlights Arts Education in Latest Issue of Our Children

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 9:05am

photo: our childrenThe National Parent-Teacher Association is taking a strong stance on the benefits of arts education in the latest issue of Our Children, its publication for supporters and advocates.  Featuring Tony Bennett, whose Exploring the Arts Foundation recently expanded into Los Angeles, and actress Alfre Woodard, who serves on the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the issue does a great job of informing parents of the broad benefits arts education has on education.

In the words of Ms. Woodard, "Schools with strong arts programs flourish, and those without struggle.... Strong and continued investment in arts education is a very good way to [ensure] that future innovators don't become present day drop-outs. We've found that within a year or eighteen months, schools that were failing are now being seen as magnet schools, hubs of the community."

Also covered in this special issue is a study of how the arts play into both current movements to enhance STEM initiatives (which focus on science, technology, engineering, and math) into STEAM through arts engagement as well as a look at the arts' role in the larger Common Core movement.

You can view the issue digitally at the National PTA's website.