Read the two texts below.
Write an essay summarising and evaluating the key points from both texts. Use your own words throughout as far as possible, and include your own ideas in your answers.
Write your answer in 240–280 words.
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Arts Education Matters
Recent research suggests that arts in education are closely linked to almost everything that we want for our children: academic attainment, emotional and social development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Exposure to the arts is linked to gains in maths, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking, and verbal skill. Several studies suggest that arts learning can also improve children’s concentration, confidence, motivation and ability to join in teamwork. Despite this, governments are often reluctant in providing funding for arts programmes in schools, thus contributing to the widening gap of attainment between the rich and the poor, as typically children from affluent families are exposed to the arts, whether they are provided in schools or not.
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Education Division: Core vs. Additional Subjects
Educational policy makers like to focus on things easily measured and evaluated, leading to schools focusing on maths, reading and writing. However, are we losing sight of some of the most pleasurable experiences whilst aiming to reach ever higher scores in what is commonly referred to as the ‘core’ subjects? Whilst reading, writing and maths are, of course, of utmost importance, is it not our duty to allow children to also feel the thrill of performing on stage, enjoy the feel of paint on their hands and feel connected to their peers when singing in a choir?
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