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There is a HUGE difference between arts integration (which many good and great teachers do anyway) and arts education, which is a prolonged, sequential study of an art. Arts integration allows children to demonstrate what they know in a creative way, or learn in a way that plays to their strengths. Arts education requires a specialist, and it is arts education: music lessons, art lessons, theater, dance, that studies show improve performance in academic curriculum. Arts integration should be in every school and classroom, as a way to create a differentiated classroom which can serve the needs of all children, but it is a FAR cry from true arts education, the discipline of which should be accessible to all children, just as physical education and sports should be available.
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