Arts make a difference in school districts

Last night, I attended my son’s last “stage” performance.

Last night, I attended my son’s last “stage” performance.

Is he a senior in high school, entering into one of our universities? No. That explanation would have merit. The true explanation has no merit at all. Despite repeated efforts to stem the course of the mighty White River School District, the arts have been severed from the elementary level of education. Key word, there. Education. The Great White is also gnashing and serrating the arts from the middle school and high school programs as well.

Polls show that 93 percent of adults believe that arts education is vital to a well-rounded education. Studies found students with high arts involvement performed better on standardized achievement tests than students with low arts involvement. Moreover, the high arts-involved students also watched fewer hours of TV, participated in more community service and reported less boredom in school.

Learning in one context assists learning in other contexts. Students in the arts score higher on their SAT’s in the math and verbal sections, dance increases motor skills, music helps in context of learning languages, drama increases literacy skills and problem solving.

Wait…wait…This is of no import to the Great White. Despite repeated studies attesting to these facts, they will pretend those facts do not exist. And while they forge ahead with nonsensical, arbitrary cuts, the music, dance and art summer camps flourish and have waiting lists. Why? Don’t ask, the Great White doesn’t.

After all, it is more important what happens on the turf or in the gym, than what happens in the auditorium or the gallery.

Yes, the arts can make a huge difference in a student’s life and lifelong attitudes. They just can’t make a difference to students in the White River School District.

Frank Thompson

Enumclaw

More in Opinion

Supreme Court resets the playing field

The ruling on the Masterpiece Bakery v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case wasn’t a win for the right or a loss for the left; it’s a chance to do things right the second time around.

Supreme Court ruling shows sanity, moderation

The 14th Amendment equal protection clause does not negate the First Amendment religious freedom clause.

Initiative signatures are the new greenbacks

As of Wednesday, June 6, petitions for four statewide initiatives were getting circulated.

Public record battle brings in a mediator

A taskforce is also being put together, but it’s not clear who will be on it.

One almond latte, if you please | Wally’s World

There was a time in the distant past when a friend and… Continue reading

There a way to blend values, reinvent our society?

A new study finds white people may become more intolerant as America becomes less white.

I wish I could stay in Enumclaw | Guest Columnist

There is a kindness and decency and desire to be a community in Enumclaw.

We live in frightening times

Our country is being torn apart from limb to limb, coast to coast.

Voting habits tied to feelings of security

The dangers of authoritarianism are a far greater threat to the nation than seeing rising racial equality and religious diversity brought about by immigration.

Gun rights advocates won the battle, but may lose the war

NRA leaders will need to decide if it’s worth putting resources into a fight in a Left Coast state versus investing in efforts to keep Republicans in control of Congress to prevent ideas like this initiative from becoming federal law.

Trump not accomplishing as much as supporters think

This is in response to Craig Chilton’s letter claiming Trump’s presidency is not a mistake because of all of his “accomplishments,” 81 signed pieces of legislation.

Protecting against the abuse of power

Concern about the evil potential of humans is woven into our Constitution’s DNA.