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Do you agree that all students should be required to study art and music in secondary school.
I'm 50/50 about it. I remember being in art and music classes when I was younger and having a bunch of kids in the classes who hated them. This distracted the kids who were there to learn and were taking it seriously. It frustrated the teachers and made them unable to teach at 100%. All the way through graduation and even in college it was like this because people can't force themselves to care about something they have no interest in.
However, kids in secondary school probably have no idea if they'll like something or not since they haven't really discovered themselves yet.
Not necessarily, but I think at least 1-2 non-traditional classes should be required. Art, sports, or any other elective course. The other side of the coin to what NornsMercy said is that such courses can spark the initiative in a teen to seek more about a certain field that maybe he wouldn't have known or cared about.
Not at all. I've taken art & music and hated it. I'm not simply going to learn it and be good at it. Some just aren't creative or artistically inclined.
What should be taught is managing money and finances. Something every student should know because they'll be encountered with this in life after graduation.
I was a music major, but I understand that not everyone wants to be in choir, band, or orchestra. I would have been miserable in art because I can't draw or paint.
I do believe, though, that school should not just be academics for 7 hours. I think ALL kids need Physical Education. I think ALL kids need some kind of technology, media literacy, computer course. And I think ALL kids need some kind of creative outlet class - photography, art, music, dance, BUT, my creative outlet is different than yours, so maybe auto shop is the way Joe expresses himself whereas Monica finds advanced math her creative mojo flow.
Secondary school should be about preparing students for college and/or careers. Some students need the arts to survive, but others need something else. Let students decide when they schedule their classes, and let there be lots of choices so they can explore.
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