Cleopatra Fitzgerald

5. As students, principals, teachers, and school partners work to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on academic achievement, what role do you see the arts playing? What strategies do you envision for broadening the school-day curriculum so instructional time in the arts is not crowded out of the school day?

The arts play an enormous role at schools, universities, as hobbies and in real life. Some studies have shown they expand the cognitive, reasoning, creativity, attentiveness -Therewith, facilitating the other subjects at school.

It soothes the senses as a form of relaxation to those who enjoy it. The arts education curriculum has to fit precisely as the other core curriculum. In addition, if students want to optionally participate in the school’s clubs or afterschool (offering the arts in general) they can do so.

Their parents can enroll them in private, public, religious, cultural classes for the arts learning. This appreciation for the arts will result in a better economy, cultural awareness, and jobs.

The costs of maintaining extra hours in the school day and the pressure it might cause kids to extend the hours will not necessarily produce improved grades. I believe it is the quality of education and not the quantity of hours. The curriculum needs reforming if students are failing and the tests are not clear, the materials not explained, the study sheets, the time between testing too short, the grading method, peer pressure, cyberbullying, bullying, fake mental diagnosis, hostile environment. If the curriculum is erroneous, it is worst if the hours are extended. It defeats the purpose. In college, the student usually has the option to arrange their schedules -in some colleges, Saturday and Sunday classes are available. The flexibility allows students to obtain enhanced grades, and time for other activities. Colleges, school performances (plays, orchestras, club meetings) are announced via posted posters, flyers, emails, loudspeaker announcements. In this way, the students can attend at their own preference. If their area of concentration is the arts, they can in college major on that topic, in high school there are : “High schools for theatre arts, arts & technology, performing arts, music, acting, dance, fashion -each according to the speciality desired.

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