All reading and math skills — without exposure to the arts — makes Jack a dull boy — and not much of a reader, argues Jay Greene. “More research is beginning to show that a broader education, including the arts, may be essential for later success in math and reading as well as the proper development of civic values and character skills, including tolerance, empathy, and self-regulation.”
Kindergarten and first-grade teachers are spending less time teaching music, art, dance and theater, research shows.
Long-term success in math, reading and science depends on the general knowledge and fine-motor skills learned through the arts, studies show, Greene adds.
Researchers urge teaching children “a better understanding of the world” by improving science and social studies instruction and building foundational skills through “the arts, music, dance, physical education, and free play.”