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Fund for the Imagination Many public schools have significantly reduced or completely cut funding for art education programs States have cut their arts budgets by 93 million in the past two years Art education budgets could reach the lowest in a decadeNewsweek In President Bushs 2004-2005 budget proposal 38 education programs were slated for extinction including a 35 million Arts in Education program Fram AP Officials at state or city levels may feel the need for art education is not as significant as the need for more academic based programs like mathematics history and science School officials believe that students must prepare and become accustomed to standardized testing to prepare them for higher education and their future History is basic and art history is part of history but by itself art history is not to be considered a requirement qtd in McLennan The real world is not always composed of multiple choice questions and rarely is there a certain right or wrong answer Students who participate in art programs apply acquired thinking skills learned through art to exceed in standardized testing as well as many other subjects in school and life practices in general Public school systems should apply more funds for art education programs because art education helps students develop thinking social and personal skills that help develop leadership responsibility and integrity in everything they do Art education and participation is one of the most powerful ways to make and keep bonds between parents and teachers in a childs education Art programs and education help communities grow by offering low-income or under-privileged children a chance to participate in activities they normally wouldnt be able to With children involved in such programs they become active in their community and help reduce social problems such as drug abuse and violence Learning to play a musical instrument rehearsing a play or creating a painting requires long hours of practice focus and determination which all add
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