Saturday, May 30, 2009

Why the Arts in School Matters

Some interesting articles on the importance of arts education in the elementary school years.

Jerome Kagan on Why the Arts Matter : Six Good Reasons for Advocating the Importance of Arts in School. -The Dana Foundation - Read HERE
Jerome Kagan, Ph.D., of Harvard University, spoke about the importance of arts education in elementary schools during the Learning, Arts, and the Brain conference at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on May 6, 2009.
Brain Scientists Identify Links between Arts, Learning
Brain Fitness Revolution at SharpBrains
Arts education influences learning and other areas of cognition and may deserve a more prominent place in schools, according to a wave of recent neuroscience research.One recent study found that children who receive music instruction for just 15 months show strengthened connections in musically relevant brain areas and perform better on associated tasks, compared with students who do not learn an instrument.

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