Michael Dana Gioia is an American poet and writer who also served as the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. The American educational system is in dire straits, and arts have systematically removed from our schools. So what's the matter with our education system?
"The purpose of arts education is not to create more artists. It's not to create more audiences. The purpose of arts education is to create a complete human being who can lead a productive life in a free society".
"When you take this out of a kid's education, you impoverish their possibilities, both individually and socially. It's as important to educate a child's or an adolescent's emotions as it is their mind. And when you take this out of the education of 60,000,000 American kids, and you focus on developing low-level work skills, I think you have, in the offing, a cultural, educational, economic and political disaster".