Study Says Art Boosts Academic Achievement For Disadvantaged Youth | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Study Says Art Boosts Academic Achievement For Disadvantaged Youth

Play associated audio

Low-income students who are involved in the arts have higher academic achievement and are more likely to go to college, according to a new study.

The research by the National Endowment for the Arts mirrors findings of other federal research showing arts education can have a significant impact for disadvantaged youth.

Scientists looked at Department of Education data tracking teens and young adults who had a history of arts involvement and those who had little engagement with the arts. In academics, eighth graders who had high arts engagement through elementary school showed higher test scores in both science and writing.

The study also found at-risk students who have access to the arts tend to have better workforce goals and opportunities and more civic engagement.

NPR

The Perfect Family Book List

For the holidays, critic Alan Cheuse is making up a list of books to give to each of his family members. Only the best of 2014 for them. Here's his picks.
NPR

Guyanese Christmas Gives A Whole New Meaning To Slow Food

Two classic Christmas dishes beloved by the people of Guyana are pepperpot and garlic pork. To get the flavors just right, you have to cook them and let them sit out for weeks.
NPR

With New Congress, Will Obama Work Differently?

The GOP-led Congress President Obama will have to deal with for the last two years of his presidency is a stark contrast to the Democratic-led one he came in with. Does that mean Obama will change his approach to dealing with Capitol Hill?
NPR

2014 Hashtags: #BringBackOurGirls Made Nigerian Schoolgirls All Of 'Ours'

As part of a series on hashtag activism in 2014, Audie Cornish speaks with Obiageli Ezekwesili of the Open Society Foundation. Ezekwesili was one of the early promoters of the hashtag #bringbackourgirls, about schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria in April.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.