The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) believes that the arts are an essential component of the education necessary for all students to succeed in school, work, and life. For students specialising in Primary education, the focus of Curriculum studies is on how primary school aged children learn and how you can effectively and creatively teach them in the key learning areas including English and literacies, mathematics, creative arts, technology, science, health and physical education, social education and studies of the environment and sustainability.
However, the authors do not believe that the existence of arts education should be justified in terms of skills in other academic subjects: if one seeks first and foremost to develop skills in geometry, studying geometry – rather than music or dance – is always likely to be more effective.
Bernadette Baker (2009) aptly notes that, positioned by some as sorts of liberators, the arts and humanities are, quite antithetically, overwrought with venerable objects to be recovered from the past, restored to their previous glory, and centered within the field of education.
Historically, when schools have faced budget cuts, fine arts programs have often been the first to go. Even in more prosperous times, fine arts funding is sometimes funneled into math, science, and other core” subjects because the arts are not seen as being essential.
The mission of the Arizona Department of Education Arts Education Office is to provide support to Arts educators, classroom teachers, school and district administrators, and Arts stakeholders – including Arts and education organizations, community groups, and service organizations – so that every student has the opportunity to experience the power and beauty of the Arts, and the joy, creativity, and intellectual stimulation that instruction in the Arts provides.