Behind the Headline: Art Makes You Smart

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Art Makes You Smart
11/24/13 | New York Times

Behind the Headline
The Educational Value of Field Trips
Winter 2014 | Education Next

In the New York Times, Brian Kisida, Jay Greene, and Daniel Bowen describe a random assignment study of the impact of field trips that finds that students who visited an art museum “demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.”

They conclude that

visiting an art museum exposes students to a diversity of ideas that challenge them with different perspectives on the human condition. Expanding access to art, whether through programs in schools or through visits to area museums and galleries, should be a central part of any school’s curriculum.

The study on the impact of field trips appears in the Winter 2014 issue of Education Next.

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