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Art for the Economically and Socially Deprived

by June King McFee - 1965

The present rapid rate of increase in the size and mobility of the American population concerns art education as imperatively as it concerns all education. High birth rates among the low-income groups, the rapidly increasing shift of population from rural to urban areas, and the rise in economic status of peoples still denied social equality occur while mass media urge the achievement of status and "happiness" through acquisition of material things. These factors, together with others, contribute to the situation in which those who face social rejection and economic privation find themselves. The rejection of economically and socially deprived children, by the same society that makes them go to school .to prepare for a life they are not encouraged to enter, increases their hostility to society and tends to lead to withdrawal from it. Appropriate education can help these children improve the quality of their experience, and art education has a particularly import~nt role to play in their education.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 64, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 10, 1965, p. 153-174
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19714, Date Accessed: 5/29/2020 12:36:01 AM

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