Richard Kessler: December 2008 Archives
Naturally, those working in the arts field would speak in terms of "engaging experiences with works of art." Or "future demand for arts."
These concepts don't have much traction in schools. The future demand issue, well, your average parent isn't all that keen about a child being viewed as a future (or present) commodity. And, well, I think most educators might wonder what an" engaging experience with a work of art really means."
More and more, I've been thinking about how we can tie arts education to the fundamental well being of our children and their development as human beings. What about arts education as a children's health issue, leapfrogging over the lexicon of the arts industry, that serves as a common language for the industry, but fails to resonate with those in the center of education?