One Nation, Undercultured and Underqualified

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI:
One Nation, Undercultured and Underqualified

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The arts have enormous educational potential, presenting a multitude of learning and teaching opportunities. Students who are involved in the arts are more motivated, more engaged, more sensitive, and more focused, creative, and responsible. They perform better in all aspects of school, including academic achievement. The SPECTRA (Schools, Parents, Educators, Children, Teachers Rediscover the Arts) program, for example, is a four-year model program in arts education conducted in two elementary schools, Hamilton and Fairfield, in southwestern Ohio. The program infuses the arts throughout the curriculum. A thorough evaluation of this program reveals that it has improved attendance and reduced discipline problems. This chapter suggests five areas in which the arts make natural and unique connections with the deeper purposes of education. All relate directly to mentation in every art form and, at the same time, they develop abilities that are generally not acquired from other subjects.

Keywords: arts; learning; students; SPECTRA; schools; arts education; curriculum; Ohio

Chapter.  3734 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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