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classroom concern...

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29 Dec 1995 11:27:08 -540

Regarding classroom concern....I am greatly disturbed with the resulting
messages relating to your quiery. After teaching Art Education for the
past 15 years I see little change in the status of Art in the schools.
I remember when Getty first published its findings on the importance of
the Arts in education in 1984 or 85. The Florida schools implemented
art into their curriculum and I came back to the United States assured I
would find employment--I did. Things "seemed" o.k., but really, not
much had changed since I graduated from State Univ. College at Buffalo
in 1965 and the head of the art department advised us all to seek
another degree because the first subject to be eliminated from the
curriculum in public education would be art. Now, after reading the
comments from various teachers around the States, I hear the same sad
stories of "making do", enlisting the services of the janitorial staff,
"maybe if we act professional" etc. The injustice, the stance we as
artists and educators as educated human beings are forced to assume is
simply unacceptable. Are we to martyr ourselves for the good of
providing our services to students? The stories are the same... the
voices are the same... and our position remains the same as it was
thirty years ago. I have been fortunate, in that I have never worked
from a cart and I have always had my own room. I have tried to work
within the schools to change the attitudes of other teachers and then
the community concerning art and its place in our lives. This,
approach has worked on a small level, but what about all of the others
out there? How can we assist? How can we work together to change
attitudes? How can we influence those who control the "purse strings"?
Individual efforts are fine...but thirty years is a long time and one
can only do so much. How about the pebble in the water concept?
I'm afraid that NAEA is going the way of our unions.
Carole Osman
Okinawa, Japan

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