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Thanks so much! Keep it coming!
>A few of you have asked for SPECIFIC info on the importance of art
>education (perhaps for research). I received awhile back the October
>California CTA magazine....CALIFORNIA EDUCATOR...which has 10 FULL (!)
>pages devoted to the arts. I'm going to quote some of it for you here so if
>you're not interested...delete now!
>Page 4 of CALIFORNIA EDUCATOR....
>"Nationally, entertainment is an industry that provides about 1.3 million
>jobs per year, according to the 1994 report ARTS IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY
>published by the National Assembly of Local Arts agencies. The report says,
>"The economic dimensions of the nonprofit arts sector are extensive at $36
>billion. It jumps to $314 billion when the commercial arts sector is
>added." Rexford Brown of the Education Commission of the States estimates
>that out of a classroom of 30 children, 10 will perhaps be employed in an
>arts-related occupation someday. Even if we discount the other benefits of
>including arts in the curriculum, how can we ignore a segment of the
>curriculum that will make our students eligible to fill these jobs?"
>Page 14 of C.E......
>"Recent studies hae shown that art can help students do better on college
>entrance exams. According to the 1995 College Board Profile of SAT and
>Achievement Test Takers, students who have had a least four art courses
>score 59 points higher in verbal and 44 points higher in the math college
>entrance exams than those who have had no art courses."
>Page 14 of C..E......
>"Psychologist Frances Rauscher of the University of Wisconsin and physicist
>Gordon Shaw of the University of California at Irvine found that
>preschoolers who were given keyboard lessons and did group singing scored
>higher on tests measuring spatial reasoning, a skill used later in math,
>science and engineering. They also found that the music lessons resulted in
>higher spatial reasoning scores than equivalent instruction in computer
>"Elementary school children involved in the Spectra+ arts program in Ohio
>out-scored a control group in reading skills (both vocabulary and
>comprehension) and in math comprehension."
>"In the New York City LEARNING TO READ THROUGH THE ARTS program, students
>improved an average of one to two months in reading skills for every month
>"In Los Angeles, high school students at every academic level who enrolled
>in the Humanitas Program, which incorporates the arts into a broad
>humanities curriculum, wrote higher-quality essays, showed more conceptual
>understanding and more interdisciplinary references than the non-Humanitas
>group. Both low-achieving and high-achieving students showed benefits from
>Hope some of this helps those of you doing research in this area.
>Los Cerros Middle School
>Danville, California 94526