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Why Are We Not Choosing to Study the Arts?

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One of the many joys of studying in an International School is the balance between academic subject and the arts. This is something that the MYP focuses on by allowing students to get a taste of all three Arts and then allowing them to choose. But is it really fair? How is it that if we are so fair between academic and art related subjects, few people actually choose to follow the arts as a vocation?

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There is a general myth going around that pursuing the arts as a career is not a safe career path. Despite this, the arts tend to be a more passionate subject as they rely solely on human expression compared to subjects such as maths and science which quantify and represent the world around us. Everyone is able to produce art in some way but it requires some skill to comprehend maths and sciences. A lot of skill is required to live from subjects such as arts.

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This issue is something that happens everywhere and also at ISZL. Although we would be under the impression that the division is fair as arts are given lots of pride through events such as arts week and musical awesomeness at every assembly, many more students are choosing academic subjects rather than the arts. For example, not a single student in 11th grade is taking drama in the IB or AP diploma. This may not seem like a big deal, but can you think of any other subjects which do not have a single student studying it at ISZL?

We cannot force anyone to take subjects but I want to emphasize the importance of subject choices. Passion beats success. Always. No matter what people say about subjects such as the arts, choose subjects which you believe in and are confident in. Don’t think too far ahead, you’ve got a long way to go before your career takes off, and give some credit to the arts, it’s a tough yet amazing field to study.

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