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Mitch Harrison

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Are the arts (music, dance, visual art, etc.) as important to teach in public schools as mathematics and sciences?

As a senior in high school and a passionate musician, I have been thinking a lot recently about the future. My future after graduation, my future with my loved ones, my friends' futures. Most of all, however, I've been thinking about society's future. In school, I am taught that math and science will get me to college, and college will get me a good job. That is all well and good... for the students who excel in math and science. I am an artist, and I think schools should build on that strength, instead of trying to fit the suqare peg of analytic classes into the round hole of my creative heart. I am very interested to hear both sides of this argument, though, as my side is not necessarily the correct side to take (if a "correct side" exists at all). I want some opinions. Should the arts be pushed more? Mathematics and sciences pushed less? Is education okay where is now?

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    May 20 2012: There is no doubt that arts are as important as maths and sciences.. It's Just that the schools and even parents are not ready to give the same importance!! Well infact most of the schools in my country they don't have any arts classes!! The other thing is that parents search for schools those which dont have any extra-activities except studies for their children. But seriously arts should be given an equal importance. music,dance,arts are the things which can give a person relief, peaceful mind and we know they are very much necessary for a student to be active all the time!!

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