ISSN: 20455879
First published in 2012
3 issues per volume
Volume 1 Issue 2
Cover Date: May 2012
Intrinsic value: The arts in the high school curriculum
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Authors:  Jessica Hoffmann Davis 
DOI: 10.1386/vi.1.2.103_1

Keywords
value added,intrinsic value,dropout,high school,quantification,arts learning,arts teachers,standardized tests

Abstract
Against the backdrop of the metric-driven discourse dominating the educational landscape today, the unquantifiable benefits of arts education offer prime examples of vital aspects of teaching and learning that defy standardized measurement. This article outlines the particular features of the arts and the learning they provide that make them essential parts of the core curriculum, and particularly crucial at the high school level. Drawing on recent research into reasons for dropping out of school and the relationship between arts education and student retention, the author argues that an increase in arts education will help fight the daunting dropout rate that challenges educational reformers today.
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