American education in the arts and aesthetics has been harmed by the late 20th-century "hard-boundaried" approach, which overvalues specialization and discourages integrated, interdisciplinary approaches to understanding history, theory, and practice in all the arts. Detels analyzes this marginalization of the arts and aesthetics in American education and suggests that a widespread interdisciplinary integration of the arts is essential in order to provide students with necessary communication and interpretation skills the future.
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