Kathryn Garcia

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?

Reviving the arts will play a fundamental role in our economic and emotional recovery. As students go back to school, I think we need to be prepared to provide outlets for the trauma of the past year. The arts will be a mechanism by which we collectively process the past year, and can be a lifeline for those who do not have access to mental health services. Arts education should not be stifled in efforts to catch students up, but should have protected time in students’ school days. In addition, instructors should be encouraged to incorporate arts into other subjects, like math and science.

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