California is a hotbed of creativity, and a foundation of our state’s economy are the companies that depend on workers who are creative, critical thinkers. Our educational system needs to foster the next generation of creators, but for too long our schools have been pushing arts and creativity to the side in favor of focusing instruction on only those subjects measured by standardized tests. Despite evidence that engagement with the arts can lead to better academic outcomes on those same standardized tests, students in many neighborhood schools in Oakland receive little or no arts integrated instruction.
Create CA, advocates for the fulfillment of meaningful integration of the arts in public schools. The California Alliance for Arts Education further outlines how this is a central issue of educational equity. In the report, At the Crossroads of Arts and Equity the Alliance lays out the case for adopting broad and engaging arts integration in schools as a pathway to educational equity.
As a board member I will advocate for policies that ensure every student in the city has access to the kind of “creative, inclusive, whole-child education” that will help to prepare them to be participants in our creative economy.