Saving Kids Through Art vs. Arts as Discipline

Just as advocates debate over the most effective message to promote public funding for the arts (art for art’s sake vs. economic impact of the arts), arts education advocates are currently engaged in a battle over messaging–some believe it’s more effective to argue that the arts are the motivational tool to keep kids in school while others feel that the benefit of arts instruction for all students is the better argument.

Here is a provocative article by Emory University professor Mark Bauerlein on this subject, and a response by arts ed blogger Richard Kessler.

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Pat Wayne is Director of Programs and Education for Arts Orange County, the county-wide arts council. She is also a parent in the Saddleback School District and past PTA President. The arts transformed her life in the second grade and she went on to major in theater design and earn a Master's in Arts Administration.
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