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Drama is More Than an Extracurricular

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Drama is More Than an Extracurricular

As schools focus on core subjects and STEM programs, theater frequently ends up on the losing end of the funding battle. Yet, drama education boasts countless benefits for students’ physical, emotional, social and cognitive development.

Several studies have shown that students who participate in the arts have higher standardized test scores than those who don’t. Specifically, students involved in drama have better reading comprehension skills. Performing complex works, such as Shakespeare, increases students’ ability to understand difficult math and science materials.

According to the American Alliance for Theatre & Education, attendance rates are higher and dropout rates are lower for students who participate in the arts.

Social awareness is a lesser talked about benefit of drama education. Through stories, poems and plays, students are exposed to people from different time periods and cultures. Studying their social issues and conflicts helps students learn not only history, but also empathy.

Drama also helps students build self-esteem, learn problem-solving skills, express emotions, and collaborate with others – all valuable life skills.

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