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Master of Arts (M.A.)




One of the primary functions of our democratic education should be to awaken conscious relationships to out advancing ideals of beauty and to foster an appreciation for the fine arts, which will not only keep life from becoming sordid and existence sensuous, but will prove the sustenance of youth and the delight of old age.

With these ideas in mind, it is the writer’s desire to plead for more and better teaching of the fine arts in our schools, and to urge government aid and support manifested in the establishment of free schools of fine arts throughout the nation.

To show in a small way that the necessity for art and the place occupied by the arts in our lives is important enough to merit national support, this work will discuss briefly their influence upon the history of the race, the manner in which we may naturally and beneficially relate them to other subjects in the curriculum, and their ability to contribute in large measure to any or all of the seven cardinal principles of education.



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