Just to clear things up - I am a strong believer in the arts improving
academic abilities, critical thinking, etc. I have first hand experience
of seeing improvement in LD, behavior problems etc. But these types of
statistics/studies have data that is questionable.
Kathrine Walker, Beach Museum of Art
On Mon, 19 Aug 1996, Sandra L. Eckert wrote:
> Here are some statistics from a "1995 Student descriptive questionaire"
> using data from the College Board Profile of SAT and Achievement Test Takers
> Years of Arts Study Verbal Math
> 4 or more years 459 506
> 3 years 436 483
> 2 years 430 482
> 1 year 422 481
> .5 years or less 411 470
> I got this info. from the PAEA newsletter, which also has a great bar graph
> naming the various arts, and citing achievement on SAT's along with
> participation in those arts. VERY graphic example of how arts involvement
> affects achievement. As there are no actual numbers listed, I hesitate ti
> list the levels here, however is is quite obvious that there is a direct
> correlation between the arts and high academic achievement. Those who had
> NO arts scored significantly lower than the Mean score for all, while the
> various arts areas all had high scores.
> (PAEA Spring Newsletter, 1996)