Some educationalists argue that non-exam, art based subjects should be compulsory

Some educationalists argue that non-exam, art based subjects such music, drama, and art should be compulsory in secondary school curriculum. They believe that activities such as these can improve overall academic performance.

To what extent do you agree or disagree?




Topic: Some educationalists argue that non-exam, art based subjects such music, drama, and art should be compulsory in secondary school curriculum. They believe that activities such as these can improve overall academic performance.

Education should be well balanced and should have non-exam based subjects such as music, drama and art in secondary school curriculum. This is necessary to give a boost to the varied inherent skills that students have. Some of them can pick up these subjects for a career later. The subjects other than math, languages and science would provide a more of a choice. Compulsory subject should also include these. They learn other skills and in ways that is not just job oriented stuff. Education at the secondary level is more about exposure and early impressions than skill development and therefore must include the arts. All these subjects help in acquiring a higher skill of creativity. That is the sought after trait in any profession and would greatly enhance the prospects of any youngster. Cold calculations to joyful expressions of emotion is what needs to be taught at school.
The world needs more inventors, artists, painters, performers and musicians as much as doctors and engineers.Often these subjects are pushed to the periphery and not thought of as important. Students who study in schools which do not have such subjects tend to develop a narrow view of the world. On the other hand students who are exposed to arts tend to have a broader view of the world. There is a perception that studying art would not lead to a meaningful career and could quite possibly land the art graduate into unemployment. Many parents do not encourage their children to focus on music or drama as these subjects cant get their children jobs in the future. While this feeling of insecurity and baseless perception finds logic in number of successful artists, there is need to understand the issue differently. These are essential skills and can be useful for architects, designers, scientists and surgeons, all of them need to use sound, visuals and creative representation of their ideas in whatever field they are in.
To sum up, art based educations must be compulsory and can greatly add value to secondary education as well as career prospects of young graduates.