Re: [art_education] Re: Be Prepared for that Dream Job - tough interview question
- It's very disconcerting to think that a district does not have a
curriculum in place. And that is just why there is such scrambling
among art teachers when they are suddenly presented with the request.
The National and State Art Education Associations work diligently to
have art as a legitimate subject area with all the rationale and
provisions suggested. When art becomes a teacher's "free for all"
then it does just become hall decorations!!!
Yes, there are national standards for art, but the states are not
obligated to fulfill them. Most states also have standards and many
districts put them on the back burner.
My comment was only intended to inform that curriculum is not
something to be taken lightly. If there is a curriculum, that is what
you are obligated to follow.
So my question becomes
How do we insure that every district has an art curriculum?????
My research indicates that the 2 biggest choices for entering
college students is art/entertainment and medicine. If 17% of college
students are choosing art as a career, how can we have schools that
have no art curriculum?
I certainly know the battle of fighting for the arts. I certainly
know that when budgets get cut, art is the first to go. But I
certainly know that my effort to make the battle is well worth it.
I wonder how many art ed college students know that half their job
will be to battle. To fight for time, to fight for rooms, to fight
I continue to believe that all the great art advocacy statements fall
on mostly deaf ears. And, no matter what in-roads many of us have
made, we are all on the bottom of the list and in jeopardy of being
cut at any moment .
It's very sad to me that a kid putting gum on a valuable painting
doesn't generate a discussion of just why this happened? Seems to
me we get all bogged in techniques and forget the aesthetics and
P.S. I ALWAYS feel very deeply for those that have no money or
support for the program. I can't imagine what i'd do with .20 cents
per kid . How do you?????????
On Mar 1, 2006, at 7:37 PM, aliteachesart wrote:
>> Patty and All,
> Not every district has a curriculum co-odinator for art, or a
> curriculum! They think the standards spell it out and we spin it
> into cute, creative projects (that happen to decorate the halls).
> AND should mix in diversity, interdiscplinary connections (ie test
> skills), be modified for all learners and cost .20 per student (per
> year). Oh, in 35 minutes or less every 6 days! Ali B.- on a
> response roll, sorry!