Many times, art teachers defend art education by saying that it raises test scores, keeps kids in school, or improves student performance in "core" academic areas. This may all be true, but the visual arts teach important "habits of mind" that can't be learned in traditionally "core" academic areas.
Art was always one of my favorite subjects in school, I think I learned a lot more in those classes than people think. I also love the website, it's literally like reading a magazine. Visual Arts Standard 1 Creating, Performing, & Participating in the Arts, Standard 2 Knowing & Using Arts Materials & Resources, Standard 3 Responding to & Analyzing Works of Art.