Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? Younger school children (ages five to ten) should be required to study art and music in addition to math, language, science, history.
Usually, school teachers emphasize the significance of some subjects such as math, language, science and history, whereas some subjects like art and music are considered less important. As for me, I admit that art and music are of the same educational value, but making them mandatory in elementary or middle school is unnecessary. There are two main reasons why I hold this opinion, which I will elaborate on in the essay.
First of all, apart from school courses, there are plenty of other ways of artistic education. For example, we can simply take young students to art galleries, museums, and concerts, etc, where they can soak themselves in the artistic world and attain firsthand experience of appreciating great works of art and music. Moreover, there are many relevant books introducing to art history, artists, musicians, and masterpieces. If the children are interested, they can easily find those books and acquire such knowledge. For a few gifted students, to study and practice under a specialized tutor is a better idea, because they need tailored lessons and guidance to become professionals. Therefore, I believe we can develop children’s artistic abilities and nurture such taste by other means and on many occasions instead of schooling.(to be continued)