Interesting link on benefits of the Arts being integrated into the school day for preK-12 students. Check out:http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/22/top-10-skills-children-learn-from-the-arts/
Trouble is this remains, for decades a swinging pendulum. We add Arts programs and we cut programs. Budgets dictate almost everything in PreK-12 education. Politics weighs heavily. Adult-interests skew far too much. Arts are often the first to go and the last to be added back.
If we played to the research and maintain disciplined, skills-based Arts classes into every child’s education we get great gains in core academic areas. We also give students the value and joy of adding the Arts to their lifelong contribution to society.