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All that you say may be true. But education is not about art OR science.
Education is about confronting, understanding about, and engaging the world
we live in. In order to come to terms with that we study things. Art and
Science are NOT things to be studied, but ways of studying them. If we do
NOT bring both to bear on ALL the things we study we are the poorer. If we
see them as mutually exclusive ways of looking at the world which must be
isolated fom each other, we model the isolation of those who see one way as
the truth and the other not worthy of our study. This seems to me to be
precisely the problem in our society and the reason for the current
marginalization of the arts. We don't solve the problem by isolating
Both science and art as ways of seeing offer insight into both molecules
and sculpture. We can't afford to ignore either in any area of study.
PS - at ARTSEDGE, Kennedy Centers education website, we have a listserve
devoted to the integration of all the arts throughout the curriculum. If
you are interested check us out at:
J. Kit Eakle
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,
Washington, DC 20566-0001
ph (202) 416-8870