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Letter: No shortage of reasons to keep art education in elementary schools
The Flint Journal - MLive.com
Reason 19: When I volunteered at an elementary school, the board of education cut the art program.
“Humans obviously have an innate need for art. It is in our DNA. Art separates humans from all other animals. Proof is the threat of being shot to death to see a play, give up playtime and paint walls in darkness in order to quench our cultural thirst.”
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A Pasadena elementary school uses art to teach third graders addition, subtraction and long division. An advocacy group wants to expand the program across the state.
“Even my more challenged students — and I have about five of them — the engagement is like 180 degrees. It’s like a different child,” said third-grade teacher Beverly Grotts.
The program, called “Artful Connections with Math,” was developed by the Pasadena Unified School District and the Armory Center for the Arts. Funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, it pairs classroom teachers like Grotts with “teaching artists” who show them how to use hands-on, visual art projects to teach math concepts.”
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