Redefining the Mission: Value-Centered Arts Education

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI:
Redefining the Mission: Value-Centered Arts Education

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Three issues must be addressed if the status of the arts in public education is to be improved. Arts educators have generally not been successful at convincing the public of the educational importance of music and the other arts. Strong evidence of the public's unfavorable attitude toward education in music and art is presented in “The 22nd Annual Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools”. Nonetheless, the public does not consider the arts basic to the education of American youth, perhaps because it associates the arts with entertainment rather than edification, with doing rather than thinking, with preparation for leisure rather than preparation for work. During the past three decades, the educational credibility of the arts at all levels has seriously eroded. Many programs have been eliminated or reduced, and others are in jeopardy.

Keywords: arts; public; arts education; credibility; music; leisure; entertainment

Chapter.  2722 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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