Found it a bit ironic after having a discussion with colleagues about Museum Advocacy Day that this article came across my feed; apparently a new study has shown that students engaging in arts related field trips have increased test scores in math and reading. Surprising? Very! At least to this team of researchers, though they are still curious as to WHY they have found these results. 

With Museum Advocacy Day kicking off this coming sunday (Feb 25th) in the US, I thought this article would be an interesting bit to call attention to. It seems like a no-brainer that field trips to historic sites, history museums, or science museums would have a direct impact in the learnings taught in-school. Makes sense. But when art theory, or music composition, and other cultural topics of the like are neither taught nor tested for at this school level, does it really matter whether kids are exposed to them through school? Do we really need field trips for the arts? The answer is yes. 

Though researchers are still figuring out the correlation between arts field trips and higher test scores, the best hypothesis is that they make students more interested in school in general. If students are more interested in school as a whole, they will be more engaged in all topics taught, including math and reading thus raising test scores. Check out more details below! Really interesting stuff, and a great testament in advocating for your local art museums and organizations.