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>From: Jasmine Preston <jdp30>
>To: artsednet.edu <artsednet.edu>
>Date: Sunday, August 02, 1998 12:23 PM
>Subject: Making a difference
>RE: MAKING A DIFFERENCE...
>YES! If both the school principal and faculty are with you!
>Because most elementary school teachers have never had visual arts training
>in their formative years,
>what they have experiened as "art" does not jive with visual arts training.
>Most current college education school arts methods courses deal with
>"verbal descriptions" not with "process/skill" development as required in
>language arts, math and science methods classes. Consequently, when it
>to producing art, these teacher candidates are left without the necessary
>>Elementary art teachers are in a great position to influence the thinking
>>of many people about what is art and its place in our lives.
>YES, AGAIN! If classroom teachers stay in the classroom and participate in
>lessons with their students. Many elementary classroom teachers rely on
>quick and easy crafts projects that produce a "product" because they
>themselves cannot produce anything else thereby creating a non-functional
>"loop" in legitimate art training.
>The only way to break the cycle is to revise college level arts methods
>courses at the same time mandating that all classroom teachers take
>in-service classes to up-grade their own professional process/skill
>development. This also applies to the classroom teacher's expertise in the
>teaching of music, drama, math and science.
>The Arts and Sciences have been at the bottom of the educational lader
>since the early 1960s when educational practice went out the window and the
>flowers came in.
>Consequently, many elementary level teachers received an inadequate and
>sometimes inoperative (superficial) teacher training education program and
>>With perseverance, we can prevail.
>>Thanks for the opportunity to step on the soap box.
>WHERE THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY!