By Peter Abbs

Immediately provocative and inspiring, opposed to the Flow is a piece of polemic from an across the world revered author and philosopher on arts schooling. Peter Abbs argues that modern schooling ignores the classy and moral due to being in thrall to such forces because the industry financial system and managerial and practical dictates. He identifies the current schooling method as being inimical to creativity and genuine studying and in its place, narrowly fascinated by the quantitative measuring of effects. This absence of an inventive and moral measurement in schooling has implications for paintings making in wider society. paintings is proven as rising from, and beautiful to, the ironic postmodernist sensibility and mass media-led tradition, whereas being without philosophical value. This ebook opens up a clean and well timed debate concerning the important strength of creativity in glossy schooling. Drawing on examples from smooth poetry, literature and visible artwork, it truly is an eloquent and passionate argument for the necessity to increase moral and aesthetic energies to confront the becoming vacuity of up to date tradition.

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I was invited to edit a series of books presenting a unified conception of the arts. On the flyleaf of the first volume it stated that this book ‘insists that the arts, seen together, should be an essential part of the national core curriculum now being proposed by the government’.

The vertical movement from level to level involves a continuity in the organization of matter and profound discon- THE SPIRITUAL IN ART, CULTURE AND EDUCATION 35 tinuity at the level of being and value. At the apex of the triangle – one evoked by Kandinsky in his Concerning the Spiritual in Art – the power of consciousness, by recoiling upon itself as well as by mediating its hidden life through the creation of expressive symbolism, creates the possibility of meaning and freedom, of dilemma and doubt, of fragmentation and reparation.

Some rather elusive centres can be THE SPIRITUAL IN ART, CULTURE AND EDUCATION 39 located in the shacks, Nissen huts, crumbling outbuildings and damp basements of our consumer society – in some psychotherapeutic practises, in some art classes, in some fringe studios and occasional workshops, in parts of the developing ecology movement – in the most obscure interstices of the dominant commercial society and our standardizing educational system. The deepening of consciousness and the quiet attending to consciousness manifestly does not lie at the heart of our competitive consumer society, where the all-pervasive iconography proclaims that individuals are no more than what they possess and consume, nor does it belong at the centre of our schools where the pupil is seen as little more than a passive receptacle for a mass of disassociated facts and convergent ideas, to be regularly disgorged against the ticking of the clock.

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