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What's the purpose of an arts education? Is it soaking up specific knowledge and polishing technical skills? Or are there other, more subtle benefits to studying the arts?


In my teaching career, I have had more than the usual number of opportunities to have outsiders (including media, education organizations, researchers and, yes, legislators) visit my classroom. And I can testify that most visitors don't come to learn something new from an hour or two walking in the teacher's shoes. They come with an agenda.


What tangible benefits have there been, for all of us, in categorizing children and offering enrichment to those with high potential?


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