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Letter: Pleased to see recognition for arts education

To the Editor:

The March 25 edition of the Daily Chronicle included a front-page story that caught my attention in two ways. 

First, the size and subject of the primary photo drew me in: A DeKalb High School advanced placement (AP) student working with fabric arts. Second, the subject of the article about local school districts’ AP course offerings, which included visual arts, was surprising and refreshing to note. 

Finally, I thought, some of us are beginning to see the need for students to flourish in a breadth of subject areas and not in just the so-called core subjects. In my world, art is core and fundamental. The mindset that believes art is worthy of in-depth study is key in forming a well-rounded curriculum that builds means of much need application practicum. 

Visual art is all about application, and application of knowledge is in dire need of development in this country.

With some local districts denying the need for visual arts exploration and course work to their K-8 student body, and keeping bare-bones offerings at the high school level, it is wonderful to know that DeKalb and Sycamore are inclusive of the visual arts for all levels, including high school advanced placement students. These local districts are even increasing those options for the coming school year along with AP expansions in other areas of study. This is simply hopeful and heartwarming.

I champion these moves and hope that someday visual arts education will be properly perceived as ultimately one of the most vital and integral of all educational areas.

Julie Kolze Sorensen

Sycamore

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