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Opinion: Advocates for Arts Education May Be Doing More Harm Than Good

Clawing back, arts advocates have overreached in asserting that arts will raise standardized test scores in math and science. It’s pretty to think so, but the evidence isn’t there.

This misstep is more about arts advocates overpromising than arts education under delivering. Ellen Winner is among the researchers pointing out that the overreach is unnecessary; test scores aside, there is “strong evidence” that certain types of arts education help students acquire “foundational skills” that facilitate learning.

Greene’s own experiments explain how the arts improve critical thinking and increases tolerance and empathy among students.