This inspiring book leads the way to a new kind of advocacy one that stops justifying the arts as useful to learning other subjects, and argues instead for the powerful lessons that the arts, like no other subjects, teach our children Jessica Hoffmann Davis, a leading voice in the field of arts education, offers a set of principles and tools that will be invaluable to advocates already working hard to make the case and secure a strong place for the arts in education She also reaches out to those who care deeply about education but have yet to consider what the arts uniquely provide This book is for anyone willing to brave a new terrain in which the arts are finally embraced without apology Book Features An accessible overview of the shape and content of education in and across the arts Discussion of the unique features of the arts and the invaluable learning they provide A list of common objections to including the arts in our schools, with suggested responses for countering these arguments Guidance for advocates that addresses mistakes of the past and suggests directions for the future Personal narrative interludes that bring to life with humor and style the importance of the topic Nuts and bolts information, including a glossary of relevant terms, recommended readings, and websites....
|Title||:||Why Our Schools Need the Arts|
|Publisher||:||Teachers College Press illustrated edition edition December 30, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||160 pages|
|File Size||:||895 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Why Our Schools Need the Arts Reviews
There are so many things for kids to learn these days; it often feels as if the arts are just a frill. Jessica Hoffman Davis's concise yet thorough exploration of the role of the arts in education just might have you thinking that nothing is more important that the arts! "Why Our Schools Need the Arts" is well written, easy to understand, and absolutely convincing. Arts teachers should have a copy on hand to support their curriculum and help with creating lesson plans, and everyone else should read it to understand how the arts teach skills that no other discipline can. Not just "school" skills, but life skills. I even bought a copy for our Superintendent of Schools. Perhaps a better title could be "Why Our Country Needs Arts in the Schools."
Excellent validation for arts!! Good to hear what other places are doing.
This resource is a great for expanding knowledge of various levels of how the arts can connect in schools. In addition, an elaborate summary of how to advocate for the arts was helpful. However, I feel that the author is out of touch with the realities of the public school system, especially schools with limited access to multicultural realms of the arts. For example, how can we truly advocate the arts when students don't have adaquate learning environments or enough academic textbooks. Most societies are not going to promote the arts in this reality. Therefore, how can we use the advocacy of the arts as equal?
As an arts administrator and artist, I found this thought-provoking book to be inspiring and insightful. It is a must-read for anyone trying to make the case for securing arts funding in public education or non-profit arts facilities. It intelligently answers the question, 'why fund the arts?'. Hoffmann-Davis writes in plain text, making a strong case for the importance of arts education in day-to-day learning. She goes beyond trying to quantify what the arts can do in the classroom to articulating the case for creative thinking's effect on our quality of life and it's ability to better society. Excellent, excellent book! Will be recommending this to all of my artist friends and the art instructors I work with!
It is wonderful to have some current documentation of the importance of the arts in people's lives. During this