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Re: students missing art class

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Sat, 1 Aug 1998 20:27:39 EDT

I too, have had teachers keep students so they could finish classwork or make
up work and believe it or not... for class parties! I cannot tell you how
much this "burns" me. Classes have gone on trips and I have never been
notified. I prepared for the class and no one showed up. This seemed to be the
prevailing attitude in my school until I spoke with each teacher and told them
that their attitude about art was reflecting on my students, who felt that it
was not a valued subject. They were horrified they had been so insensituve.

We need to constantly project the concept that ART is verrrry important to the
student's intellectual development, etc. and stand our ground when it is not
treated with respect.
Now when I find a teacher that cannot take the hint, I will ask them to stay
and participate in my lesson so they can be enlightened. I also give them a
mini review of what the class has done when they come to pick them up. Once
they see I have definite curriculum and objectives that are taught, they seem
to "understand" that art is not busywork.

In other words, I actively involve the teachers in the lessons.