Holly Dykes, who heads elementary education at Chiaravalle Montessori in Evanston, says it’s worth it because a good arts education teaches kids the power of diversity, community, cultural history, society, reflection and other skills. "Art is the one place where you can express what you see and think, what’s inside you, and no one can say it is wrong."
Both federal and state laws say arts are an important component of education, but neither requires that it be taught in school.
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