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Re: Arts ed as integral, but who teaches?


From: dawn stien (dawnstien_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 01 2003 - 19:00:08 PDT

I'm watching Boston Public at the moment -and Marla
(the music teacher, I think)just made a really
passionate statement about teaching to the test and
funding (of course at the wrong time)...

It made me think how cool it would be if David E Kelly
(stereotype breaker, presenter of harsh realities)
would introduce an intelligent artist/art teacher on
that show and begin to break down some of those
perceptions of the art teacher as a big flake...

It would probably backfire, but I love it when that
show goes off on the educational system. It's joyful
white noise for my mind!



--- Pam Stephens <> wrote:

> Here in Texas we have the Texas Essential Knowledge
> and Skills as our
> standards. And, yes, the arts are included as
> integral to the TEKS. But --
> and here is the rub -- as a money saving device,
> some school districts are
> seeing this as a loophole; that is, they are
> eliminating fine arts teachers
> and requiring that the mandated number of fine arts
> minutes per week are
> taught in the classroom by generalist teachers.

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