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Duncan Is Handed Petitions for the Arts to Become a Required Core Subject

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U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan stopped by a rally yesterday and received petitions from people who want federal lawmakers to provide the money needed for music and the arts to be required core subjects in public schools, according to the Associated Press and ed.gov blog.

Texas, by the way, will soon require middle school students to take one fine arts course, if the Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican, signs a bill on Monday that will revamp the state's school accountability system. Folks at the Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education are very happy about the arts provision in that bill. Already, the state requires students to take one fine arts credit to graduate. The requirement for middle school students to take a fine arts course will be new.

Flypaper also picked up on a blog entry over at USA Today about the rally. Making music a core subject in reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act is an "interesting proposal," Amy Fagan at Flypaper says, "though we're not entirely sure what that would look like."

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I think that having a fine art requirement is extremely valuable in all forms of education. Students who involve themselves in all aspects (whether it be fine arts, industrial technology, or home economics) open up a lot more doors along with more interests and possible career options.

Some other educators might think that by requiring students to take this courses, that it distracts from the "core" curriculum (math, science, English, and social studies). I believe that while having these core classes, you are allowing students the potential to truly expand their knowledge. However, you are limiting their interests and by only requiring them to take these prescribed courses, you are not allowing creativity to bloom and thus limiting them for the future.

In conclusion, by having fine arts as part of a required curriculum, students are able to learn even more than they could imagine and are possibly setting themselves up for undiscovered talent and new career options after high school.

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