Schools of all levels, even college at times, will cut art programs to make way for other “more important” programs to receive the funding that they need. And while many people may think that this is a logical choice, there are others that believe that art is just as important as the three R’s.
Think of it this way. While most of art is done for entertainment, and something that is not absolutely necessary to daily living, it also teaches a number of skills that the basic subjects do not such as motor skills and connecting with others.
Some would argue that it takes both interpersonal skills as well as academic skills in order to be a well-rounded individual. Perhaps if staff members knew how important art was in a real way, not simply because the world needs entertainers, that they may reconsider what programs to cut from the school.
On the other hand, it is up to students to show an interest in the arts and fight for their right to have them. As much as educators see art as a waste of time, there are just as many, if not more students that think it is not essential in order to achieve in life. There must be a two-part approach to saving the arts that shows both sides.
By understanding the conflict in art in schools, we can better think of solutions to keep them in while saving money for other school subjects.