Especially in these times of recession, schools cut the arts programs first. However, it is the choirs, orchestras, bands, drawing classes, and other creative means of expression that keep kids interested in school and off the streets. The arts can teach children useful lessons in math, counting, fractions, observation, and discipline. The arts also promote self-confidence, especially in children who struggle in other classes at school.
Keep the arts in our schools and communities. If an arts program in your community or at your child’s school is ending because of financial troubles, then you should take a stand, speak to the school administration, and find out what you can do to help keep that program going.