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  1. 1. “Wherefore ‘art’ thou?”-Shakespeare<br />The gradual fading of the arts in public schools will be detrimental to the education of students.<br />By Karen Tobias<br />Sam Houston State University<br />July 20, 2011 <br />
  2. 2. The goal of my research is to advocate the necessity of the arts in public education.<br />
  3. 3. Maintaining the Arts in Public Education Can:<br /><ul><li>Increase Reading Comprehension and Fluency
  4. 4. Raise Standardized Test Scores
  5. 5. Deter At-Risk Students from dropping out
  6. 6. The Effects of Theatre Education</li></li></ul><li>Theater Can Promote a Desire to Read!<br />Suzie Boss of Edutopia blogged “APT [American Place Theater] has found that, “after a school performance, 85 percent of students want to read or re-read the book they have watched come to life (May, 2010, para. 10).”<br />
  7. 7. GREG MORTENSON-Author and Humanitarian<br />He promotes literacy and education throughout Afghanistan and Pakistan through a program that “incorporates theater, storytelling, and other arts (Barnette, 2010, para. 9).”<br />
  8. 8. Verbal Skills and the Arts<br />According to Ruppert (2006), studies have shown that students who participate in programs related to drama, music and art have developed strong verbal and communicative skills. There is a direct correlation between the study of the arts and verbal fluency and reading comprehension.<br />
  9. 9. The Relationship Between the Arts and Student Success<br />“students with high arts involvement performed better on standardized achievement tests than students with low arts involvement (Ruppert, S. 2006).”<br />Critical Evidence<br />
  10. 10. The Differentiation of SAT Scores and Attendance Based on a 2005 Study<br />Critical Evidence: How the ARTS Benefit Student Achievement<br />Ruppert, S. 2006<br />
  11. 11. How can involvement in the arts affect high-risk students in danger of dropping-out of school?<br />
  12. 12. A Report by The Center for Arts Education stated:<br />“New York City public<br />school students at schools with the lowest graduation<br />rates have the least access to instruction in the arts (Israel, D. 2009).”<br />
  13. 13. “Arts education has a measurable impact in<br />deterring delinquent behavior and truancy problems, and<br />students at risk of not successfully completing their high<br />school education cite their participation in the arts as a<br />reason for staying in school (Israel, D. 2009).”<br />
  14. 14. Budget cuts are forcing districts to reduce funding for music, theater and art classes, an act which can adversely affect the performance of students.<br />
  15. 15. Small Schools Have it Rough trying to meet NCLB guidelines because:<br /><ul><li>Outdated Facilities
  16. 16. Shared Facilities
  17. 17. Broken Equipment or No Equipment
  18. 18. Maintaining Certified Arts Teachers</li></li></ul><li>Shared Spaces Tattered Places<br />
  19. 19. Shared Spaces and Tattered Places<br />
  20. 20. Conclusion<br />Districts that have a strong policy and sentiment towards the arts will have higher graduation rates, higher standardized testing scores and will produce students with a more thorough education.<br />
  21. 21. Bibliography<br />American Alliance for Theater Education, 2009. The Effects of Theatre Education.<br />Barnette, J., 2010. The power of performance: How theater can teach kids. The American Place Theater. Literature to Life. performance-how-theater-can-teach-kids<br />Israel, D., 2009. Staying in school. Arts education and New York City High School graduation rates. The Center for Arts Education, October, 2-7.<br />Ruppert, S. S., 2006. Critical evidence: How the arts benefit student achievement. National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, 3-14.<br />