Art education in high schools

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Today education has become a token of an advanced, healthy and competent society. In fact, modern education more than ever before is aiming to provide experiences that will be useful in life (Smith 153). In the process of deciding which activities are effective and should be included in the high school curriculum, a clash between opinions often arises. People especially disagree on the question of the necessity for art education. Some of them claim that the teaching of the arts should not be included in high schools, whereas others say that art education is an inseparable part of schooling and people’s lives. Is it necessary then to include the arts in the high school curriculum? Yes. Art education should be required in high schools because it has a crucially important impact on students’ understandings, development, and transformation into considerate, intelligent, and interdependent members of society.
Notwithstanding, many people, including students, their parents, and educators, strongly object to compulsory art education. They say that artistic disciplines at school occupy the precious time that might be devoted to more “serious” studies. Instead of drawing a nonsensical picture, a student, they say, could better cram for physics. The ignorance of the arts has also to do with an increasing focus on scientific and technological education (Barry 203). The antagonists of art education say that scientific and technological studies bring more apparent and tangible results, whereas the use of the arts can be only surmised. Additionally, technological education can benefit societies by creating new machines, devices, and medicine that would improve people’s lives. Consequently, the opposition says that as much time as possible should be devoted to technological and scientific studies. Another claim against the necessity of art education concerns the aptitudes and abilities of students. Some people are considered to be artistically incapable. Therefore the arts, the opposition suggests, should not be imposed on students against their wills and capabilities. The arts are also ignored because they are considered to be dealing only with emotions, not with the mind (Williams 66). Finally people tend to protest the required art education in high schools because few colleges require artistic experience in the admission process (Williams 66). Therefore, a number of people think that the arts in high schools are studied in vain.
Many years of observations and studies have shown, however, that the arts are an important school discipline that brings positive long-term results. The arts are no less serious than any other discipline in the high school curriculum because they positively influence the attainment of the goals of education and...