Derailing Dewey: Art Education and Social Reconstruction | Déraillement de Dewey : éducation artistique et reconstruction sociale

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Sebastien Fitch


Abstract: In this paper, a case is made for a critical re-examination of current trends in art education which support the adoption of inherently politically motivated curricula. The author examines the historical influence of Postmodernism upon both the fields of art and education, and goes on to argue that the potential for art to serve as a vehicle for ideology has caused many art educators to mistakenly conflate their moral role as teachers with their drive to disseminate their personally held political beliefs.

Key words: Arts; Education; Ideology; Morality; Dewey; Activism

Résumé : Cet article établit le bien-fondé d’une révision critique des tendances actuelles dans le domaine de l’éducation artistique qui favorisent l’adoption de programmes à caractère intrinsèquement politiques. L’auteur examine l’influence historique du postmodernisme sur les domaines de l’art et de l’éducation. L’auteur allègue que le rôle potentiel de l’art comme vecteur idéologique a incité plusieurs éducateurs artistiques à y associer à tort un rôle moral dans l’espoir de disséminer leurs propres convictions politiques.

Mots-clés : arts ; éducation ; idéologie ; moralité ; Dewey ; activisme

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