Cheating Our Children: Why Every Child Needs the Arts

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI:
Cheating Our Children: Why Every Child Needs the Arts

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The arts provide an opportunity for children to realize certain talents and potentials. Particularly in their creative modes, the arts ask students to reach inside themselves to explore their own fascinations and perceptions and to give them suitable and precise representation. In the process of translating their inner discernments and revelations into a symbolic form, children discover and develop their capabilities and uncover some of their human possibilities. It is precisely because the creative act flows from the inside out rather than the outside in that it helps youngsters discover their own resources, develop their own attributes, and realize their own personal potential. Education generally does not do this. Through the process of refining their own personal visions, students discover and develop their own intellectual resources. By having to draw on their own ideas, students discover and explore their own cognitive capacities. Therefore, every child needs the arts.

Keywords: arts; children; students; creative modes; talents; potentials; intellectual resources; education

Chapter.  4361 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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