The most important thing to teach is how to think, not what to think. The arts do just that.
Schools do not place nearly enough emphasis on the arts. In tough economic times like these, if a schools budget is cut, the first thing to go is the arts. Teachers are told to help students prepare for standardized tests, like the SAT and the ACT, but they never teach children to think for themselves. Students are taught what to think, not how to think. Students need to be able to think critically and solve problems for themselves. In the real world, theorems and rules don't always help. We fill children's heads with facts and figures that they don't even know how to use in the real world, and then expect them to go use them in the real world. Students need the benefits the arts give. The arts foster creative thinking, hard work ethic, and give a sense of achievement that finding prepositional phrases just doesn't give. In the arts, students have to think for themselves, work for hours, and then show the world how well they have done. Can you imagine getting that much from memorizing the difference between H and Fe on the periodic table? Arts are the key to unlocking the creative future every child has, yet schools are stomping on that potential. Our schools need the creativity and joy that the arts bring.