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Strong Arts, Strong SchoolsThe Promising Potential and Shortsighted Disregard of the Arts in American Schooling$
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Charles Fowler

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148336

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148336.001.0001

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The Arts as Academic, Basic, and Comprehensive

The Arts as Academic, Basic, and Comprehensive

(p.99) chapter ten The Arts as Academic, Basic, and Comprehensive
Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Charles Fowler

Oxford University Press

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

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