Arts Education: A Look Ahead

Arts Education: A Look Ahead


Arts education is a discipline in transition. How the arts should be taught in schools—and the scientific evidence of their impact—remains divisive. While some advocate for arts integration, others caution that maintaining a separate space for arts education is key to its survival. In this collection, Education Week has convened a range of researchers, professors, and practitioners to argue their case for arts education’s path forward. Despite their many contrasting opinions, these experts all agree on one thing: Arts instruction is key to American schooling and is worth supporting, researching, and protecting.







The Arts Need to Be a Central Part of Schooling
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The Arts Need to Be a Central Part of Schooling

Oct. 2, 2017

The research in favor of arts learning is stacking up, writes Johns Hopkins University’s Mariale Hardiman.








The Arts Have Much More to Teach Us
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The Arts Have Much More to Teach Us

Oct. 2, 2017

After 50 years of arts-learning research, here's what Howard Gardner and Ellen Winner have learned—and what they still hope to.








There's Something Missing From STEM Learning
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There's Something Missing From STEM Learning

Oct. 2, 2017

Including arts in science and math instruction promotes student creativity and job preparation, writes STEAM specialist Susan Riley.








Arts Integration Is a Sucker's Game
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Arts Integration Is a Sucker's Game

Oct. 2, 2017

Turning "STEM" into "STEAM" won't stop arts from getting squeezed out of the curriculum, cautions researcher Jay P. Greene.








How to Assess Arts Education—And Why You Should
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How to Assess Arts Education—And Why You Should

Oct. 2, 2017

Arts instruction and understanding the creative process can help prepare students for 21st-century challenges, write Emily Gasoi and Sonya Robbins Hoffmann.








Illustrations: Raul Arias for Education Week


This special section is supported by a grant from The Wallace Foundation. Education Week retained sole editorial control over the content of this package; the opinions expressed are the authors’ own, however.





Vol. 37, Issue 07