Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI:
Strong Arts, Strong Schools

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This chapter attempts to answer several questions, showing through visual examples why the arts are one of the hallmarks of excellent schooling. The best schools have the best arts programs. Excellence in education and excellence in the arts seem to go hand in hand. Schools are practical places. The best way to study the world would be, ideally, to experience it firsthand. Thus if teachers want their students to learn about space exploration, they should take them to Cape Canaveral in Florida or to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. However, because of the difficulties and expense of teaching through direct experience, desirable as it might be, schools have substituted more expedient modes: reading, mathematics, science, history, and the arts—the great repositories of human wisdom and achievement.

Keywords: arts; schools; excellence; education; teachers; students; experience; wisdom; achievement

Chapter.  3291 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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