The Arts as Catalysts for Educational Reform

Charles Fowler

in Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Published in print December 2001 | ISBN: 9780195148336
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849154 | DOI:
The Arts as Catalysts for Educational Reform

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The arts can add dimensions that improve the effectiveness of education, but reform might be too strong a term to characterize these contributions. A few examples of how the arts have been used as inducements for change are given in this chapter. The Drew School in Virginia, introduced an integrated art and language arts program for at-risk, first-grade children during the 1992 school year. The arts can be naturally related to many community enterprises, and they can be a key to connecting the school with community resources. The arts can be readily used to promote multicultural understanding. Although teachers usually have little to say about the administration of their school, site-based management gives them a voice in its daily operation. The arts can teach students to work together with a disparate group of individuals. However, even though all these modes of operation are intrinsic to the arts, they do not add up to major educational reform.

Keywords: arts; education; educational reform; Drew School; Virginia; language arts; children

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Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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