Sunday, August 15, 2010

Congress Creates Arts in Education Week

Late in July, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.Con.Res. 275, legislation designating the second week of September as "Arts in Education Week." Authored and introduced by California Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA), this resolution is the first Congressional expression of support celebrating all the disciplines comprising arts education.

"No child’s education is complete without the arts,” said Congresswoman Jackie Speier. “Studies have shown that an arts education improves math and verbal SAT scores, and with students in China and other nations pulling ahead, we cannot leave our students at a competitive disadvantage. An arts education equips them with the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in their future careers, and helps them develop the creativity and determination necessary for success in the global information age.”

The resolution seeks to support the attributes of arts education that are recognized as instrumental to developing a well-rounded education such as creativity, imagination, and cross-cultural understanding. H.Con.Res. 275 also highlights the critical link between those skills and preparing our children for gaining a competitive edge in the global economy. This is a very positive showing of support for arts education and comes at a key time when Congress is making plans to overhaul federal education policy.

Read the entire resolution.

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