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Re: [teacherartexchange] learning focused schools

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From: Gayle Parent (gayleparent_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Aug 23 2009 - 06:54:23 PDT


Well put Jerry. I agree completely!
Gayle

On Aug 23, 2009, at 5:19 AM, Jerry Vilenski wrote:

> It appears that Learning Focused is another in a string of
> expensive programs aimed at promoting its concept of best teaching
> practices and applying it to everyday classrooms. It seems that
> the more education is under pressure to perform better, the more
> education think tanks promote essentially more of the same. It is
> an thriving cottage industry that has seen tremendous growth in the
> last couple of decades. I view such movements as an attempt to re-
> organize what we already inherently know how to do, slightly change
> the nomenclature, and sell it to desperate school systems that like
> to appear progressive. It really has little to do with the
> realities that art teachers, in particular, face daily. Learning
> Focused seems geared, like many of these programs, on improving
> literacy through increased writing and analysis. "It is as much the
> responsibility of performance-based educators as the regular
> education teacher to ensure that students can read,
> write, perform computations, use comprehension strategies to
> understand, and most importantly think." This is a broad statement
> that no one really disagrees with, but has limited practical
> application in an art room, and seems to imply that art teachers
> should act as surrogate reading and writing instructors as well.
>
> Many of these movements, in my opinion, are geared for the academic
> classroom, and as such, they may have some limited value. But if
> even academic classroom teachers simply focused on their own
> successful practices and re-evaluate their deficiencies, they would
> reach the same conclusions and adjust accordingly without going to
> endless workshops. Educational think tanks tend to ignore what art
> teachers have known for years--that teaching is as much an art as
> it is a science, and adhering to a rigid uniform approach is
> counterproductive to the creative process.
>
> Having been an art teacher for 34 years taught me a few things
> about the educational system, namely, that many of these outside
> organizations make a lot of money selling concepts to desperate
> districts, and they really don't transform much in the final
> analysis. It also taught me that there are some really, really
> good teachers out there, who don't need another workshop to fill
> their time, they just need a decent budget and some kids who come
> to school ready and eager to learn.
>
> Jerry
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