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I agree!! I think that Robert just has a confrontive way of talking that
can be interpretted as bashing, even tho' it isn't meant that way. From
what I have begun to know of him, he is very concerned about the state of
art education in this country today, as are all of us, I am sure. When he
puts forth ideas, I think it is with the concern that all students be given
the richest art experience possible, while at the same time, ensuring that
the public (our employers, by the way - and an uneducated lot they are,
too, at least art-wise) doesn't view us as unnecessary, cutesy or without
substance. It has always been my view that *we* should be doing what the
classroom teachers *can't*, due to lack of background and training. If we
reduce our programs to include projects and learnings that can just as
easily be taught by a generalist, then we are doing ourselves and art
education as diservice.