Rally once more to save the artsTo the Editor: Unfortunately, access to arts education in the Red Wing School District is again eroding.
By: Chap Achen, Red Wing, The Republican Eagle
To the Editor:
Unfortunately, access to arts education in the Red Wing School District is again eroding.
Twin Bluff Middle School students receive a semester of art in seventh and eighth grade. No art is offered in sixth grade. Yet, plans are to cut some art at Twin Bluff Middle School.
There is not enough art in our schools.
Red Wing elementary students attend art class once every eight school days. Over an entire year, they receive art instruction only 21 times.
Creativity is an important part of their self-expression and is what will help set our great nation back on its feet in the 21st century.
Studies show students who study the arts develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills, a drive for excellence, a deeper appreciation and understanding of the global world and develop pride in their work. These qualities are important in a student’s life; vital to an adult’s success.
The arts help troubled youths, providing an alternative to delinquent behaviors and truancy. Many children that don’t “fit in” anywhere else, often find their niche in the art classroom.
Students who struggle in school, often experience true success only in their art classes. Struggling academic students need both art and reading.
Just giving a student more of what they struggle with, is not the answer.
Art education is important to a child’s and a community’s well-being. Last year when our district attempted not to replace a retiring elementary art teacher, Red Wing spoke up and fought to save elementary art. The district listened and hired an art teacher to continue elementary art.
It is important for our community to, once again, speak up and ask for retaining the existing art program at Twin Bluff Middle School. We urge you to contact your School Board members.
Chap Achen is president of the Red Wing Arts Association Board.