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Cultural Literacy and Arts Education.

CULTURAL LITERACY AND ARTS EDUCATION. Ralph A. Smith, ed. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1991. 171pp., softbound. $11.95.

This book could be subtitled "twelve responses to the manifesto of E.D. Hirsch, Jr." Art educator and aesthetician Ralph Smith has invited essays that address the role of the arts in replying to Hirsch's concern about the lack of back ground knowledge prerequisite for functioning effectively in contemporary society (note preceding review). The essayists, including Harry Broudy, Francis Sparshott, Clifton Olds, Marcia Muelder Eaton, Ronald Berman and Michael Parsons, present ideas that explore, extent, extol and/or disdain Hirsch's beliefs as they relate to arts education. A number of insightful questions are raised, and some new ground is plowed in examining alternative definitions of cultural literacy. An interesting compendium of ideas surrounding one of the most discussed topics in education today.
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Author:Anderson, Kent
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 1991
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