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Artful Thinking: Maryland Middle School Proves Arts Ed Improves Grades and Behavior

Wouldn't you rather learn fractions by examining composition in Warhol's Campbell's soup paintings?

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Arts exposure makes students more altruistic, civically engaged, and socially tolerant. Need more proof of the transformation that happens when arts education is taken seriously in schools? Look no further than this inspiring profile of Bates Middle School, a public school in Annapolis, Maryland from our friends over at Edutopia. Bates has a full visual and performing arts program integrated across the curriculum and they've seen significant improvements in student behavior and academic performance.

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