Maxine Greene is an educational theorist who was part of the Reconceptualist Movement that began in the late 60’s. Greene places emphasis on the importance of the arts in education. In her article “The Turning of the Leaves: Expanding Our Vision for the Arts in Education” she discusses the impact of self expression on an individual’s ability to connect with the world around them. She brings up the metaphor of tree leaves turning colours in the fall, noting that “there are two parts to the idea of "turning." We connect with the world, but we also make sense of our experiences in the world and make them our own.”
Greene discusses the importance of arts in schools because it provides a relatively free medium for students to explore self expression, develop critical thinking, and expand on their worldviews. Art in schools is threatened by the standardization practices in schools, “If we are going to affirm, extend, and expand the role of the arts in education, we must give up the kind of standardization that wipes clean the diversity, richness, and humanness that infuses the arts as well as human beings' individual - and sometimes collective - responses to the arts.”
In my paper, I would like to include a summary of the Reconceptualist Movevement that Greene was involved in. I would like to further this research with how her views and ideals appear in classrooms today and how we could improve how we design our programs based on some of these ideals.