Teach art for its own sake, researchers say

08/6/2007 | NYTimes.com

Two researchers who found that art classes don't improve overall academic performance nonetheless advocate strongly on behalf of arts education in a new book, "Studio Thinking: The Real Benefits of Visual Arts Education." "The arts need to be valued for their own intrinsic reasons," said Ellen Winner of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, one of the authors. "...[A]ny superintendent is going to say, 'If the only reason I'm having art is to improve math, let's just have more math.'"

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