It is well known that the STEM concentrations are prioritized far more than the arts. It is a question of whether or not I feel as though advocacy for the arts is lacking in schooling nowadays, and the answer is yes. It has been lacking for many years and continues to decline every year. Our society seems obsessed with the sciences as the only way of progress that the arts are often forgot and pushed aside. It is the arts that keep us creative, however. They are what continue to inspire us — to push us toward the new, the creative, and the innovative. Neither should exist without the other, as we will always need the sciences for factual progression, while the arts are there for creative progression. Both are necessary.
Schools often sacrifice creativity to follow common core standards and rubric culture. You cannot expect creativity to live within the restricting structure of rubrics and common core. That goes against the core nature of what creativity is. Creativity pushes boundaries, strays far outside the box, and the emphasis on rules and ridged structure is severely hindering to its process.
In my own experiences in high school, I saw the direct neglect of the arts. While math and science classes were continually getting new textbooks every two years, English and art classrooms were still using materials from over ten years ago. I was consistently pushed to take advanced science and math courses instead of those associated with the humanities because they would “push me in the right direction.” Even from these final years of my required education, I was taught that the STEM concentrations were to be immensely valued above the arts and humanities.
There needs to be someone who is willing to advocate for the importance of the arts and humanities before schooling phases them out through a lack of funding and a lack of attendance. The humanities remind us to value inspiration and creativity. Our society cannot live on pure fact. We will always need something there for expression. It is in our nature to want to express what we are feeling; facts are not able to convey emotion, but the arts can. By removing funding and attention from the arts, we are directly hindering students. They need a place where they can express who they are — where they are allowed to feel rather than prove.
We as humans are neither completely based and centered around facts, nor are we completely grounded in creativity and feeling. There needs to be a mixture of both. Advocacy on behalf of the arts is needed. Let our voices be heard.