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Arts Education: A Look Ahead

In this Commentary collection, a range of researchers, professors, and practitioners argue their case for arts education's path forward

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.

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Raul Arias
Curriculum Commentary How to Assess Arts Education—And Why You Should
Arts instruction and understanding the creative process can help prepare students for 21st-century challenges, write Emily Gasoi and Sonya Robbins Hoffmann.
Emily Gasoi & Sonya Robbins Hoffmann, October 2, 2017
5 min read
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Raul Arias
Curriculum Commentary The Arts Need to Be a Central Part of Schooling
The research in favor of arts learning is stacking up, writes Johns Hopkins University’s Mariale Hardiman.
Mariale Hardiman, October 2, 2017
4 min read
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Raul Arias
Curriculum Commentary There's Something Missing From STEM Learning
Including arts in science and math instruction promotes student creativity and job preparation, writes STEAM specialist Susan Riley.
Susan Riley, October 2, 2017
4 min read
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Raul Arias
Curriculum Commentary The Arts Have Much More to Teach Us
After 50 years of arts-learning research, here's what Howard Gardner and Ellen Winner have learned—and what they still hope to.
Howard Gardner & Ellen Winner, October 2, 2017
4 min read
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Raul Arias
Curriculum Commentary Arts Integration Is a Sucker's Game
Turning "STEM" into "STEAM" won't stop arts from getting squeezed out of the curriculum, cautions researcher Jay P. Greene.
Jay P. Greene, October 2, 2017
3 min read