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Re: Is it just me?( a short rant by veteran teacher)


Date: Sat Aug 28 2004 - 06:17:42 PDT

First of all, we need to be sure to vote in November---and NOT for Bush! Also, we each need to be actively informing our administrators about the value our subject has (beyond just being a place to dump the "non-academic" kids)in society and to make our students believe in the arts by making our classes and rooms the BEST places to be in the whole school. Thirdly, we need to let parents know, that just because art learning can't be measured on charts and graphs, it doesn't mean that it isn't valuable to their children and our world. Art is the place where their kids will learn problem solving, resourcefulness, time management, self-discipline, etc. while they are being spoonfed in their other disciplines so that they can regurgitate information for standardized tests.
Sorry---- but I believe advocacy at the grass roots is the only way to help the arts survive this insane NCLB cycle in public education.

Marcia H in IL