The Meaning of an Arts Education

An Opinion Piece by Clarence Dodge

Kenny Lloyd is a young boy from a middle-class family who attends his local public school. He endures the school day in all its academic dreariness, until arts class. The school allocates a period of time for both the visual arts and music. Kenny loves writing, acting, dancing, playing music, painting, and expressing himself through a variety of ways. There is nothing more that Kenny loves than putting himself in the shoes of others and walking a mile. His arts teachers love Kenny and encourage him to seek the arts for a career in the future.

Cutting Out the Arts

However, once Kenny starts to become older everything he loves seems to come under attack. Suddenly his life has to revolve around standardized tests and the government mandates. The arts classes Kenny once took are replaced with hour long lectures on mathematics and English to prepare for these tests.

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