LetterTo Local School Board
Letterto local school board
DearCalifornian School Board Members,I am a future educator andcurrently taking education degree so that I contribute to theindustry of teaching. I have a passion for teaching which is why Iwill share my personal story about my art education experience. I wasenrolled by my parents in the school sector at a time that theteachers focused on both the math, science, and literature subjectsand they also gave us some few minutes to engage in art classes(Gude,2007).I discovered that after every session in the art class, my mindbecame sharper and attentive to what the teachers taught in class. Iwas and still good in math and science, but the skills provided anoutlet for the piling energy I had. It allowed me to cool down anddevelop my talent in singing. I also observed that other students whowere my classmates were more gifted in the art classes than in theconventional standard classrooms. After school, they chose to majorin their careers by following the talent they had. I can confidentlysay that they are happy at this stage in life and their talents werediscovered using the art classes. What am saying is that art classesare an important part of the syllabus that the educationists shouldconsider when incorporating changes in the curriculum. I also want tosee the students in our schools succeed in each area of their lives.They develop as all rounded people who are the goal of everyeducational institution.
Ourdistrict can invest in the arts education programs as they have thetechnical knowledge on the perceived and actual benefits that befallthe students(Mayer, 2008).They are aware that not every student is gifted in the classroomlessons and the arts programs help find the strengths of students. Itis also important to note that diversity in curriculum allows thestudents to learn I different environments which are a life copingskill. The school board should consider allocating the funds to anarts education program so that they can give the learners a chance todevelop their abilities. It is also an opportunity for them to choosethe best program that can fit their wants as opposed to the lessonsin the classroom where they learn whether they like it or not. Itgives them the freedom to identify with the help of the teacher theirstrengths outside the classroom environment and can enjoy them. Thearts are essential to a child’s education as they provide a balancewith what they learn in class.
Abroad body of research has established the ways in which artseducation can make a difference to the student by helping themdevelop critical and creative skills through the several art lessonsthey take. Other benefits that the students gain from the programsinclude their improvement in the other lessons they take in theclassroom and the ability for the arts to bring together parents andfamilies during the presentations and the exhibitions. It happensduring the end of year parties or when one school competes withanother as they showcase their talents and may do so to win a trophy.Once they have access to the arts, students from differentbackgrounds come together and unite through the love of music, dancesor any other type of art. The techniques can also assist the teachersin the transition to the Common Core standards by giving them achance to look at the performance of the students in the class andoutside.
Asthe district moves ahead with planning and budget allocation, I hopethat the board will consider increased funding to improve thedistrict performance in the arts education programs because of thebenefits that the students stand to gain from such programs. Theywill be in a position to develop in all areas, and the teachers canidentify the talents of the students and help them make careerdecisions in pursuing them (Gude,2007).They can also focus on the arts as a hobby as they pursue themainstream careers like medicine, nursing, and education.
Inclosing, I would like to say that students have different gifts inthe classroom and giving them the taste of both worlds, which is theclassroom lessons and out of class will give them a chance toidentify what they can do best. Some students may do well in theregular lessons and fail with the arts while others may do well withthe techniques and fail in the classroom lessons. It is an indicationthat students are good at one thing or another and using one form ofevaluation to classify them as either right or wrong does not apply.Diversifying the learning options gives them a chance to enjoy bothsessions.
Thanksso much for taking your time to read through my letter andconsidering my point of argument. I am looking forward to having artprograms in the future lessons that I will hold as I teach the futuregeneration.
Gude,O. (2007). Principles of possibility: Considerations for a21st-century art & culture curriculum. ArtEducation,60(1),6-17.
Mayer,M. M. (2008). Considerations for a contemporary art curriculum. ArtEducation,61(2), 77-79.