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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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Society and the Schools: A Dynamic Relationship

Society and the Schools: A Dynamic Relationship

(p.25) chapter three Society and the Schools: A Dynamic Relationship
Strong Arts, Strong Schools

Charles Fowler

Oxford University Press

Society and the schools are inextricably linked. The schools reflect society, and society reflects the schools. That linkage contains the dynamics for improving the lot of arts education. Arts education is not only part and parcel of those schools in which it is offered but also of the society that gave it birth. In interacting with society, one alters its culture and, in the process, changes destiny. Schools are one of the mainstays of the culture. By passing on to the younger generation the knowledge and understanding one has accumulated, one preserves the level of civilization. This is the process of enculturation, teaching students how to adapt to the prevailing cultural patterns of their society. Arts education is part of this process of enculturation, passing along the existing culture to the next generation.

Keywords:   society, schools, dynamics, arts, arts education, culture, enculturation

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