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Arts Education Boosts Writing Scores and Compassion
February 26, 2019
Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.
-William B. Yeats

A new study on the efforts to expand arts education in Houston elementary and middle schools “shows that the initiative helped students in a few ways: boosting students’ compassion for their classmates, lowering discipline rates, and improving students’ scores on writing tests” explains Matt Barnum, writing on the Chalkbeat website. Barnum goes on to say that “it’s just the latest study to find that giving students more access to the arts offers measurable benefits. And adding time for dance, theater, or visual arts isn’t at odds with traditional measures of academic success, according to the research — which amounts to one of the largest gold-standard studies on arts education ever conducted.

‘Arts learning experiences benefit students in terms of social, emotional, and academic outcomes,’ write researchers Dan Bowen of Texas A&M and Brian Kisida of the University of Missouri.”

Source: “Extra arts education boosts students’ writing scores – and their compassion, big new study finds,” by Matt Barnum, chalkbeat.org, February 12, 2019

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