Commissions of inquiry have been formed to look at the relevance of arts education in public schools. Most commissions recommend that arts education needs to be phased out as one of the ways of reducing costs. I totally disagree with the idea of phasing out these studies. I’m convinced beyond doubt that students who want to study arts in colleges should be given an equal chance with their colleagues who choose to join courses like engineering, medicine or other technical courses.
Some of the students who join courses like medicine and other courses that are thought of very highly do so because they are pushed by their parents to do so. Those pursuing arts, however, are those who have made great decisions to follow their heart (Pearce, 2010). Such students are driven by self esteem, passion and determination. To them, an arts education is all that completes them and see no need of taking other courses to please anyone else. For a nation that advocates for freedom of expression and equality of all, the highlighted facts should be strong enough to convince policy makers not take measures to abolish arts. Apart from this, there are other reasons why arts should be treated equally with other competing disciplines. Other reasons include: discipline, creativity, time management among others.
One of the major reasons why students go to school is to be molded into responsible citizens. Any discipline that does not help students attain this objective should be done away with. Arts education has been proven to excellently achieve this objective (Day, 2004). This field of study helps students not only to become discipline but also well organized and disciplined individuals who the society can rely on. Other disciplines are tailored to assist students become well rounded students and so if this is the case then arts and all other disciplines considered to be more important should be treated equally.
There is yet another reason why students should be allowed to take arts at whatever level of learning. Lots of rigorous practical and theoretical exercises are part and parcel of arts education. This fact allows students develop a trait that is very important in life; time management. Time is a resource that once lost can never be recovered. Organizations in all parts of the world require chief executives and other members of staff who know how to manage time.
Creativity differentiates between an arts student and a student taking non-art course. Creativity may not be taught in a law or medicine class but it’s all that an arts student is taught. This simply means that arts is all about creativity. Students are not taught this skill to not only apply it in exams but in all life situations. An arts student is thus more likely to survive in a world full of unemployment than another student who has a lot of theory in his or her head. Further, the world we are living in requires creative people who can sort out any type of mess or who can help people come out of tricky situations (Pearce, 2010).
I suggest that instead of taking actions that affects arts and students who have a passion for this discipline, other measures to cut budgets can be taken. For instance, sports take quite a big chunk of learning institutions resources and so lesser emphasis on sports can significantly reduce costs. Another way of reducing costs may be reduction of the funds directed towards institutions beautification projects. While beauty is good and admirable, this should not come at the expense of what other students like. Funds used during school open days; board meetings and miscellaneous allowances can also be slashed.
Arts education should not be treated as less important discipline. Policy makers need to understand that those who take courses in arts do so because of passion they have towards the field. These policy makers should thus treat this fact as a rights and equality issues and thus allow all interested parties to continue enjoying what they like without interruption. Like other disciplines, arts allow students to become well rounded citizens. Student taking arts in due course learn to be disciplined and also acquire time management skills. More uniquely, arts students learn creativity skills which are necessary for survival in modern world. So, instead of interrupting arts classes, institutions should cut on costs spent on sports, meetings, opening days and miscellaneous expenses that account for more than 15% of colleges’ total costs (Day, 2004).