Thursday, October 15, 2015

Researchers find that art museums make students smarter

By Brian Kisida, Jay P. Greene and Daniel H. Bowen, Sunday Review

For many education advocates, the arts are a panacea: They supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools. Most of the supporting evidence, though, does little more than establish correlations between exposure to the arts and certain outcomes. Research that demonstrates a causal relationship has been virtually nonexistent. Expanding access to art, whether through programs in schools or through visits to area museums and galleries, should be a central part of any school’s curriculum. [link]