ERIC Number: ED148653
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
The Arts Are Fundamental to Learning. Joint Hearing before the Subcommittee on Select Education of the Committee on Education and Labor, House of Representatives, and the Special Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities of the Committee on Human Resources, United States Senate, Ninety-Fifth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.; Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Human Resources.
This transcript contains a report by David Rockefeller, Jr., Chairman of the Panel on the Arts, Education and Americans, and statements by persons involved in the arts either as entertainers, educators, or association directors. The two-year study on the role of arts in society particularly focusses on the public school curriculum. The central thesis of this report is that American education exaggerates the importance of words as transmitters of information. Our sensory languages need to be equally developed and the arts are ideal vehicles for such training. Presently, however, American society views the arts neither as a part of everyday living nor as a legitimate segment of education. Mr. Rockefeller concludes that art should be considered one of the basics of education and as such should involve making art, knowing artists, and using art as a tool for learning. He notes that the panel's report describes successful experiments in art education and that it provides several suggestions for changes. The transcript also includes statements by Pearl Bailey, entertainer; James Michener, Pulitizer Prize winner; Loren Hollander, pianist; and others. Statements of the National Endowment of the Arts, the National Art Education Association, and the National Committee, Arts for the Handicapped, are included in the appendix. The full panel report is contained in a 330-page book called "Coming to Our Senses." (KC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Education and Labor.; Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Senate Committee on Human Resources.
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