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The reintroduction to the arts in the curriculum has been a slow process with many detours along the way It has also been compared to Gardners theory of multiple intelligences in this way Three important truths are woven together in Gardners characteristically perceptive trope First is the encouraging fact that now schoolteachers college professors administrators artists critics art historians aestheticians and others are combining their talents and techniques in an effort to strengthen American art education Second is the discouraging fact that these par-ties like those in any new ensemble are having difficulty in achieving harmony And third is the practical truth that their own judgment as to what works best will not be the final arbiter of their success Moore p5 Throughout history art has brought people together and was considered a great contribu-tion but my research brought me to this statement What I want to stress here is not how we are connected to the past but how strongly we are disconnected For practical purposes current art instruction doesnt involve a fixed curriculum a hierarchy of genres a sequence of courses a coherent body of knowledge or a unified theory of practice Elkins p38 Elkins shows his concern for the lack of stability and instruction in schools regarding art based programs The arts should be an integral part of the school curriculum from kindergarten through high school graduation Children should be exposed to original ways of thinking and imagina-tion They should be allowed to study sculpture painting journalism dance any for of self-expression that involves creative thinking However society has been reduced to relying on computer games and television for their entertainment Children no longer sit down with cray-ons and paper to draw their rendition of a giraffe in the jungle Instead television is considered a great baby-sitter and computers and playstations are now great occupiers of time One is able to see that children are naturally creative if given the chance The
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