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Art Education : The Benefits Of Arts Education

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Physiologically, the human brain consists of two parts, the left and the right hemispheres. The left brain is used in logical thinking and analytical processes; this is typically what is trained in school that consists of math, reading, and science. The right brain is used in emotional perception, intuition, and creativity. It is the right brain that is mainly used when a person is involved in creative endeavors such as making art. It is this part of the brain that typical school environment neglects to train. A 2001 study by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development found that the arts enhance the process of learning and the systems they nourish, which include our integrated sensory, attentional, cognitive, emotional, and motor capacities, are, in fact, the driving forces behind all other learning (1). Not only do the arts help to develop the right side of the brain, it also cultivates important skills that benefit a child's development. A few benefits of the arts are that it expands creativity, visual learning, language development, cultural awareness, and improved academic performance. Although public schools have concerns that lead them to cut fine arts programs, I argue that the benefits of arts education may be more important than ever to the development of the next generation of children. One beneficial factor of the arts education is the development of creativity. Children express themselves through art on a fundamental level. When kids are
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