Saturday, June 18, 2005

And The Survey Said...

If the following article proves anything, is that parents are the ones who need to get involved with making sure that their children receive arts education. This is a hurry-up, stressed-out, don't bother me society but if we don't take action, who will?

Americans for the Arts, a non-profit organization committed to advancing the arts in America, conducted a survey focusing on the attitudes and opinions that Americans feel about art education.

·86 percent of Americans agree that an arts education encourages and assists in the improvement of a child’s attitudes toward school.
·83 percent of Americans believe that arts education helps teach children to communicate effectively with adults and peers.
·79 percent of Americans agree that incorporating arts into education is the first step in adding back what’s missing in public education today.
·79 percent of Americans believe that it’s important enough for them to get personally involved in increasing the amount and quality of arts education.

However, the survey also revealed that those “involved with a child” are uncertain when it comes to how to become involved in “advocating for arts education”.

·62 percent believe that there are other people or organizations in the community who are better suited to take action (than they are).
·40 percent say that they do not know how to get involved in arts education.

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