In this book UCSC poetry professor David Swanger uncovers misconceptions in the philosophical underpinnings of today's current art education. Swanger reveals that a perversion of Plato's Republic by Dewey and Read causes art education to adhere to an impossibly democratic aesthetic experience. He counters that art education should be advocating not accommodating. His main argument for this is that art presents multiple points of view in the mind of the viewer who then must apply ethics to resolve all the contradictions of the aesthetic experience. Art's value in education is not that beauty teaches morality through ordered reckoning but that art is a kind of calculated disorder that must be resolved in the mind of the viewer through problem solving.
Take that Jesse Helms supporters.
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