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Art is integral ...TEKS


From: Pam Stephens (pgstephens_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Aug 01 2003 - 19:06:31 PDT

>>Do you feel that with the mandate of all TEKS across the board ,
that this soon will be corrected. How can on not certified in
teaching or knowing the TEKS, teach the TEKS. While the TEKS
were once a guideline for art, I saw on the CEDFA website that
they are mandatory now.<<


The art TEKS are mandatory; but it is my understanding that art specialists
are not.

I think this is where advocacy plays an important role. Arts educators need
be proactive and make it known to the community (parents, administrators,
other teachers) that the art are vital and integral to learning. We need to
promote, promote, promote the value of quality teaching in and through the

Let's hope that the arts in education follow their historical path and we
are just in a low point of a pendulum swing.

BTW, Tom Waggoner has written an article about the TEKS for the upcoming
TAEA newsletter. He always brings good insight to the state of the arts in
Texas and the US.