Ralph A. Smith provides a theory of aesthetic education that addresses the need to revitalize the capacity for genuine judgment in society, reaffirm the ideal of excellence in culture, and reorder our thoughts about teaching the arts in schools. The book presents an image of the curriculum as itinerary, preparing the young to traverse the world of art with adroitness and sensitivity.
"This book is an impressive accomplishment and one to which I will often return for nourishment and vision." -- Education Studies
"The book is fair, objective, and comprehensive in its syncretism." -- The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism