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Re: A little sensitive and how about ART!


Date: Tue Apr 02 2002 - 20:47:05 PST

I don't really want to bash music, because I do think it is essential too,
but the music industry is far more vast and has far more funds then the
Visual Arts. It's easy to think that the art program costs more for a school
then music...but not actually so...think of the cost of instruments, music
and competitions. and stipends for the is very costly and
the music industry needs to keep kids playing their instruments...think of it.
How many of you still play your expensive instrument after you graduated from
HS....Not that kids shouldn't take up an instrument....... but here in Texas
the structure of the program as early as 5th and 6th grade is to take Band,
Orchestra.....or an Art and Music combo class. Unlike other states you
cannot take both! I work with fine people in our Fine Art Dept. We really
work well as a team...but the philosphy from the district/state is art is
kind of a tag along subject and if you grow take music. Frankly I
know they wouldn't hire enough teachers to actually teach all of them
effectivily if they did have us teach them all. So I like it as the elective
if that is the way it's going to be....but
It starts by hiring qualified individuals, and not those that just want a
change, thinking teaching art will be easier. We need art advocates out
there..some that will go above and beyond what is expected, be organized, be
involved beyond your own little world and not giving into our space cadet,
inept reputations.