With 460 blog pages read from USA based computers I am told some people abroad fear their governments taking a lead from UK educational reform. For example, a 2005 report in Illinois found almost no opposition to arts education among principals and district superintendents, yet there were large disparities in school offerings around the state. Upon fulfilling credit requirements, students graduate with a Master of Education in Arts (M Ed).
The arts have been in existence since the earliest humans, are parts of all cultures, and are a major domain of human experience, just like science, technology, mathematics, and humanities. These days, various performing arts institutions cover everything from the traditional classics to the present day hip trends of various art forms.
Surely it is a mistake of numerical understanding to allow Maths, Further Maths and Statistics to count as 3 separate GCSEs in the 8. They do sound a bit similar. We must outnumber the crazies who seem to think that the arts are just as important as math and science, and think that they benefit kids and help them grow as human beings.” Utter nonsense.
In many districts, the arts have suffered so long that it will take years, and massive investment, to turn things around. So yes, I think it’s a vicious cycle that Arts Stream have this notion about them that they do poorly in exams, therefore they are bad students who ‘deserve’ to be in Arts Stream, and therefore lack the motivation to excel further.
These studies will develop your content knowledge in the subjects you will be teaching in schools or other education settings. It is amazing that if you were to look for articles and sources to support Music Education in public school, you find thousands of websites.