Historically, art education has been regarded differently from that of other academic subject matter. Treated more like a reward for children than a true discipline, art education has not been utilized by educators to it's fullest potential. That defect is changing. In 1985, discipline based art education (DBAE) was introduced. Supported by many and disputed by some, this approach breaks from the traditional approach of art education by including in the art curricula not only art production, but also art history, aesthetics, and art criticism. An integrated approach, DBAE recognizes art as way to connect the various academics. Art provides options in expression for students and alternatives in evaluation for educators. Those who support DBAE recognize that students have different needs and varied learning styles. Teaching other subject matter through art addresses some of these differences and can foster in students a love of learning.
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