Strong Arts, Strong Schools: The Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling / Edition 1

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Overview


In this elegantly written, passionately argued book, Fowler presents a convincing case for teaching the arts to all children. He argues that, far from a luxury, the arts are a vitally important part of our society and our schools. Highlighting the crucial effect of the arts on learning, this volume shows how the arts can enliven and extend the entire school curriculum by integrating different subjects in innovative interdisciplinary ways. These eighteen compelling essays are a clarion call to action for any teacher, parent, policy maker, or citizen concerned about the fate of the arts in American society and schools.
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"Mr. Fowler's opus, Strong Arts, Strong Schools, is an erudite and passionate testimonial from a man who made service to arts education his life's work. His words and wisdom inspire us to continue the fight to insure that every child has access to world class instruction in the arts."--Michael Greene, President and CEO, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195148336
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 592,401
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

The late Charles Fowler was a noted music educator and arts activist, and the author of numerous books and articles, including Can We Rescue the Arts for America's Children? and Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives. He served as editor of Music Educators Journal from 1965 through 1971 and as education editor of Musical America magazine from 1974 through 1989.

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Table of Contents

1 One Nation, Undercultured and Underqualified 7
2 The Arts and Economics: Opportunities Missed, Misunderstood, and Minimalized 15
3 Society and the Schools: A Dynamic Relationship 25
4 Recognizing the Arts as Forms of Intelligence 39
5 Strong Arts, Strong Schools 46
6 Cheating Our Children: Why Every Child Needs the Arts 57
7 Improving General Education Through the Arts 67
8 Developing New Audiences 74
9 All Arts, All Students 85
10 The Arts as Academic, Basic, and Comprehensive 99
11 Whose Culture Should Be Taught? 112
12 The Shameful Neglect of Creativity 119
13 Cultivating the Arts in High School 128
14 The Correlation with Academic Achievement 138
15 Redefining the Mission: Value-Centered Arts Education 153
16 The Arts as Catalysts for Educational Reform 161
17 Overhauling Teacher Education: Can It Be Done? 169
18 An Agenda: What Should We Expect? 179
19 Prospects: How Do We Get There? 193
Notes 205
Index 217
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