International Journal of Art & Design Education

The Arts, Education and the Community

Volume 1.1   1982



The author discusses the fine arts, those in which an imaginary world of thought and feeling is created, and the justification for their inclusion or retention in the school curriculum at a time when starkly utilitarian concerns predominate. A review of rationales advanced by philosophers from Ancient Greece to the present leads to the conclusion that in not providing for and encouraging the practice of the arts in education, we should be abandoning both our heritage and our future. The consequent danger is recognised that unless the capacity for enlightened cherishing that is brought to bear on all things by aesthetic intelligence and understanding it may well stagnate and die.