Why Our Schools Need the Arts

Why Our Schools Need the Arts

This inspiring book leads the way to a new kind of advocacy—one that stops justifying the arts as useful to learning other subjects, and argues instead for the powerful lessons that the arts, like no other subject, teach our kids. Jessica Hoffmann Davis, a leading voice in the field of arts education, offers a set of principles and tools that will be invaluable to advocates already working hard to make the case and secure a strong place for the arts in education. She also reaches out to those who care deeply about education but have yet to consider what the arts uniquely provide. This book is for anyone willing to brave a new terrain in which the arts are finally embraced without apology!

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It’s time to stop justifying the arts because they can help our children do better on their SATs or other standardized tests, urges Jessica Hoffman Davis in this impassioned…

- Education Update Online

Arts education has no shortage of advocates, but there continues to be a need for a clearly developed case that supports the arts as an essential part of every child’s education. This book does just that. Aimed at administrators, policy makers and parents, it uses well-developed arguments, supported by research and manages to avoid the emotional hand-wringing that typifies a lot of advocacy papers..

- Richard Hickman

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In her work, Why Our Schools Need the Arts (2008), Jessica Hoffmann Davis has provided arts advocates with a handbook for reaching beyond “advocates already working hard to make the case and secure a place for the arts”…

- NAEA News

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With public schools across the country suffering from severe budget deficits, arts programs are often the first to be cut. Jessica Hoffmann Davis, a leading advocate in the field of arts education and former director of HGSE’s Arts in Education (AIE) Program, discussed the implications of this phenomenon in the recent Askwith Education Forum, Why Our Schools Need the Arts.

- Matt Corby

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