Rationale In Support Of The Arts
in which the arts are absent or inadequately taught rob children of what
they might otherwise become” (Eisner, 1998, p.64).
practice does not display its highest virtues in uniformity, but in
nurturing productive diversity” (Eisner, 1998, p.68).
arts are powerful tools of communication” (Fowler, 1996, p. 49).
of being told what to think, the arts require students to sort out their
own reactions and articulate them through the medium at hand” (Fowler,
1996, p. 48).
mathematics, science, and history convey only part of the reality of the
world” (Fowler, 1996, p. 47).
- “The best schools have the best arts
programs. Excellence in education
and excellence in the arts seems to go hand in hand. (Fowler, 1996, p.
arts aren’t pretty bulletin boards.
They aren’t turkeys and bunny rabbits. They aren’t frivolous entertainment” (Fowler, 1996, p. 56).
we think about the arts not simply as objects that afford pleasure, but as
forms that develop thinking skills and enlarge understanding, their
significance as a part of our educational programs become clear” (Eisner,
1998, p. 30).
is fed by perception, and perception by sensibility, and sensibility by
artistic cultivation” (Eisner, 1998, p.30).
are creatures of feeling as well as thought, and schools that recognize
the fact, and address it, are better schools. Science and technology do not tend to our spirit, but the
arts do” (Fowler, 1996, p. 54).
Eisner, E. (1998). The Kinds of Schools
We Need. New York: New York
In this chapter, Eisner presents a short autobiography
of himself to share his own childhood experiences. His views and feelings on why art is important to the education
of our children are evidenced through his early memories of himself. He uses
powerful words, meant to get the attention of any educator, that incorporating
the arts into the curriculum is a must.
Eisner’s story and words reminds us all that to teach is something more
than to be in the room and watch over our students. We must become dedicated to the incorporation of the arts into
our daily curriculum in order to be successful leaders of our students and give
them what they deserve.
Fowler, C. ( 1996). Strong Arts, Strong Schools. New
York: Oxford University Press.
Fowler shares with the
reader his view on why schools that include the arts are schools of
excellence. To benefit everyone by the
inclusion of arts is plain and simple in his opinion. Fowler has a way with
words that reinforce his idea: teachers
of all curriculums need to incorporate the arts into their daily lesson plans.
“educational practice does
not display its highest virtues in uniformity, but in nurturing productive
diversity” (Eisner, 1998, p.68).