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The Arts as Academic, Basic, and Comprehensive

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148336.003.0010
The Arts as Academic, Basic, and Comprehensive

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American industry is asserting that many of its difficulties—such as its struggle to compete in world markets and its challenge to leadership in the electronics, steel, automotive, and computer industries—are due to failures in American education. Corporate leaders lay the blame for America's loss of its competitive edge on the unemployability of American youth, their illiteracy, and their inability to be innovative. Despite the narrowness of corporate claims on education and their call for more emphasis on the basics, education is a broad cerebral universe. As John Goodlad has pointed out, American parents do not want a bare-bones curriculum. Rather, they want it all: a solid academic program plus physical education for the body and the arts for creativity. They want every possible opportunity for their children, including the arts. However, more than this, three major trends in the United States hold enormous promise to establish the arts as substantive and mindful.

Keywords: United States; education; John Goodlad; arts; creativity; basics; curriculum

Chapter.  5613 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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