If we took math out of the school curriculum, and replaced it with a six-week outreach program from an external organization, should we expect our children to develop a knowledge of math?
Of course not.
Then, why do we do this with the arts?
Many schools have responded to cuts in arts education funding by relying on temporary arts programs in place of investing in an arts teacher for their school.
These part-time programs often cherry-pick only a handful of students to participate, and do not fully engage the students they do serve.
Many refer to these programs as arts enrichment. However, I have to ask: without the foundation of arts instruction in our schools, what are they enriching? Read the rest of this entry »