The Importance of Education in the Arts is Discussed in "Leading Edge" with Jimmy Johnson

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New segments highlight leaders in Arts Education.

When it comes to the educational system, it is easy to overlook the arts. The reason is related to the achievement tests that children and teenagers take each year. Schools focus on teaching students the basic skills that are required for the tests, but may overlook the positive impact of art education on furthering academic achievement and helping children understand complex thought processes. The "Leading Edge" series, hosted by Jimmy Johnson, will be articulating this in new segments for Public Television.

The arts are not limited to just drawing, painting and similar crafts. It also includes music education, theater and dance. Although the skills that children, teens and even adults can learn in the classes are not necessarily relevant to math, science or other areas of study, they can help children learn specific cognitive skills.

Art teaches children to think about problems in a different way. Instead of tackling problems head-on, students learn different approaches to problem solving and ways to think through the problem before moving to the next task. Art changes the way that individuals see the world around them, which ultimately improves their cognitive abilities.

The "Leading Edge," hosted by Jimmy Johnson, will explore the importance of art in education and the ways that it improves cognitive abilities. Making changes to education must start with understanding the factors that contribute to cognitive success.

Educating the next generation is the responsibility of every adult. The "Leading Edge" segments on art education and the importance of studying art are available on public television. To learn more about the program or to find out more details about the topics that are covered in the upcoming segments, visit

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