Strong Arts, Strong Schools: The Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling




Author: Charles Fowler
Type: eBook
Date Released: 1996
Format: pdf
Language: English
Page Count: 240
Isbn10 Code: 0195100891
Isbn13 Code: 9781423740513


From Education, like so many other aspects of our society, is defined more and more narrowly in terms of economics. As school budgets are slashed, arts programs are all too often judged expendable, as though creative writing, music, the visual arts, media, dance, and theater are somehow frivolous or, worse, suspect or decadent. Fowler, a music educator and arts activist, explains--explicitly, forcefully, and convincingly--why the arts are, in fact, crucial not only to education but to the health of society as a whole. The arts help us understand our experiences; they teach compassion and empathy and inspire creative and critical thinking. Fowler provides numerous examples that substantiate these claims, then reminds us of all the students that public schools fail. It is often the case that arts classes offer children the only form of education they can relate to, the only conduit to their private lives, dreams, and aspirations. And if this sounds too idealistic, Fowler also presents evidence of the economic importance of the arts, to both schools and American culture. Donna Seaman Review "Mr. Fowler's opus, Strong Arts, Strong Schools, is an erudite and passionate testimonial from a man who made service to arts education his life's work. His words and wisdom inspire us to continue the fight to insure that every child has access to world class instruction in the arts."--Michael Greene, President and CEO, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Inc. "A compelling case for arts education for every child, Strong Arts, Strong Schools should awaken the business world as well as educators. Charles Fowler reflects on the startling consequences of American education devoid of the arts and presents a realistic reform. This inspiring book encapsulates his impassioned commitment to the arts and to the quality of human life. His legacy to us is a call to action."--Dorothy A. Straub, MENC Past President "Fowler is a superb writer and a convincing one. He is one of the best in the field. The readership of this book will be the zillions of individuals who have worked so hard in recent years to insure that the arts are basic, that arts instruction be evaluated, and that the arts become more visible."--Richard Colwell, New England Conservatory of Music "Charles Fowler's style is readable and interesting, and I particularly like his use of vignettes from real school situations. Fowler convincingly lays out the argument for the need and benefits of strong arts education."--June Hinckley, Arts Education Specialist, Florida Department of Education

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