Project #162473 - Plato, the Humanities, and Learning

History Tutors

Subject History
Due By (Pacific Time) 01/14/2017 04:00 pm

Assignment: In recent years, school districts all over the country have tried various ways of dealing with using their financial resources to best meet all their instructional and other expenses. In many, many elementary and middle school districts, the choice the Board of Education has taken is to cut art, music, and drama classes, declaring those subjects as "frills" and instead putting their resources into math, science, reading, and history.


TOPIC: The Parents' Association of your school district have decided to make a presentation to the Board at next month's public meeting, at which next year's budget priorities will be worked out. The members of the PA are strong supporters of bringing back arts classes to their children's school. They have selected you to write and then make a presentation to the Board advocating for the restoration of those classes, as essential to their children's education in the modern world.


To get you started thinking: The Ancient Greek philosopher Plato said that "I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning."

 

What do the arts teach? What kinds of skills and attitudes and understandings do the humanities teach that are essential for participating successfully in the modern world? 


Write your presentation. In your first paragraph, by explaining who you are, your topic, and your purpose before the Board. Then in a persuasive discussion of 500 to 600 words, argue for restoring arts education to the school district's curriculum. 


Include at least three main points, and explain each. Your objective is to write so that if you were sitting on the Board, you would agree with the argument.


You may include several (2? 3? 5?) captioned images, since Board members will each have a copy of your presentation for their files and well-chosen images are excellent additions to persuasive argument.

 

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