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Re: mainstreaming special ed into art

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Fri, 9 Apr 1999 01:28:11 EDT

In a message dated 4/8/99 10:23:32 PM EST, scurfield writes:

<< What do you think of the practice of mainstreaming kids into my art
class "so that they can have interaction with their peers"? However,
there is no way they can do the project that the class is doing, due to
different stages of development. Of course, no aide is sent ("they need
a break too!") The children are frustrated, I am frustrated. The
teachers tell me I should "adapt" the lesson. HELP!

Sounds like the old story of using art as a dumping ground and warehouse for
other problems. It arises from the widely held belief that art is an 'easy'
subject, soft and not academic.
What they are asking you is treat every student as if they were a
mainstreamed special ed. student.
And I don't think it is legal to send those children who are supposed to have
an aid with them to you unaccompanied; 'just because it's art.' Art is a
subject like any other, the art room is a class room like any other.
Go to your Principal with your plans and curricula and explain what is you
do, and make sure he/she understands it isn't a play period. Explain and show
that you provide a regular and continuous instructional program which focuses
on basic EDUCATION in art.