Art in Education

Ayn Rand

In this lecture, Ayn Rand explains the crucial role of Romantic art in a young person’s development, focusing on what she calls a “moral sense of life.” She examines at length the destructive consequences that follow when educators, along with the culture at large, denigrate value-oriented art and snicker at heroes as impractical and foolish. Rand urges educators to recognize art’s unique ability to fuel a child’s “moral ambition,” meaning his desire for virtue and self-esteem.

An edited version of this talk appeared as the essay “Art and Moral Treason” in the March 1965 issue of The Objectivist Newsletter and was later anthologized in The Romantic Manifesto (1969 and 1971).

The audio lecture lasts 48 minutes.

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Ayn Rand
Ayn Rand
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