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Re: A note from Your DisneyHand Teacher Honoree 2004


Date: Sat Apr 03 2004 - 08:09:22 PST

In a message dated 4/3/04 10:34:49 AM, writes:

> We need to elevate the "it's just art" attitude that is sadly and
> frightenly still prevelant in many of our schools today.

Here is an interesting quote from Diane Jaquith who is preparing her NAEA
Denver proposal on Advocacy:

“To improve educational worth, art teachers must be trained to interact
empathetically with educational decision makers. After years of being given
inadequate classrooms, funding and status, it is little wonder that many art teachers
assume that school administrators are somehow biased against the arts. …
instead of assuming that educational decisionmakers possess an ingrained dislike
for the arts, the more logical assumption is to accept the premise that most
school administrators are basically uninformed about the arts and remain neutral
and unbiased toward them. School administrators simply do not have enough
information about and experience with the arts to form an opinion one way or the
other until they actually begin to deal with the arts as a part of their total
educational program.”
Phillip C. Dunn, “Leadership and the Elementary Art Specialist: Twenty Ways
to Improve Your Program’s Position in the Educational System,” Art Education:
Elementary. (Reston, VA: NAEA, 1992)