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Arts in Education

Arts in Education

By Sara Shelton| Vol . 22, No. 23 / June 2014

NCSL NewsIn today’s globally competitive job market, a comprehensive, well-balanced education is essential to ensuring that students are well prepared to enter college and the workforce. Decades of research connects arts education to higher levels of student engagement, attendance, self-confidence, persistence, civic engagement, creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. Moreover, the benefits of arts education are more dramatic in schools where family income and achievement levels are particularly low. Many education professionals and policymakers consider instruction in the arts to be a critical component of a complete education. Challenges in providing a quality arts education include funding, competing priorities, time in the school day and finding qualified instructors.

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