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ERIC Number: EJ823162
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-1063-2913
Solitary Confinement in Education
Goldberg, Merryl
Arts Education Policy Review, v110 n2 p29-32 Win 2009
Arts Education is, technically, core to the school curriculum according to federal mandates and certain state mandates. However, it is rarely made accessible to all students despite earnest advocating on the part of dedicated organizations and individuals. In order for a democratic society to function successfully, its members must be invested and participate. The arts and physical education are two curricula areas that have close ties to democratic practices and principles. The arts and physical education teach students much more than disciplinary content. They teach lessons that enable students to look at their world with a more complex lens by building critical thinking skills, and they engage students in learning how to play well together, to be team players, to be responsible, and to take risks. Unfortunately, they are also the two key curricular areas that are often cut back or eliminated from schools. Test taking and worksheet assignments are solitary activity, and teachers are devoting more and more of class time to this individual practice. In this article, the author contends that in order to revive the essence of education as preparation for an engaged citizenry, school leaders must begin to review how current practices such as attention to scoring well on tests have undermined rather than supported learning in the context of citizenry.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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