Radical Critique’s Challenge to Art Education

  • Nadine M. Kalin
Part of the Creativity, Education and the Arts book series (CEA)


This chapter takes up the notion of critique in relation to creativity. I delve into the state of criticism in art education at this time playing out in the coercion and contortion of criticality into critical thinking skills for practical solutions. Employing such mechanisms as pragmatic blindness, art education aims to maintain present versions of the field safe from reinvention. Global education reform has come to embrace creative and critical thinking skills toward innovation—the two skillsets need one another in order for innovation to thrive. Yet, both creativity and criticality are morphing into altered forms that actually limit the possible. Radical critique is proposed as a counter to the pragmatization of criticality, art education, and society at large.


Creativity Neoliberalism Critical thinking Critique 21st century skills 


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  • Nadine M. Kalin
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  1. 1.Department of Art Education and Art HistoryUniversity of North TexasDentonUSA

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