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Re: Art is NOT important

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Sandra Poos (klpoos)
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 20:13:00 -0600

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I had a little boy in class last week that wasn't doing his assigned
work and I asked him why. He said his dad didn't care what grade he got
in art and that art wasn't important anyway. This is the kind of
attitude I get alot of from kids and parents in my school district.
Art is just not up there in importance with math, science, english,etc.
I have sent home letters to parents telling them how art fits into the
curriculumn and how it is related to the other subjects. I have had art
shows, displaying the children's art work.
Some of them still think of art the way they were taught in school, as
just being free time to color or paint or trace around patterns, with no
meaning. I have tried to set them straight, and also send the children's
art work home and have the children explain what they learned by doing
this project but it is hard teaching an old dog new tricks.
Do any of you have any more ways of getting through to parents as why
art IS important to their child??
My district will not let a child who has failed a special area class
such as art, music or p.e. on the honor roll. This is an incentive for
them. Some parents can't understand why these special areas are included
for the honor roll.
I have also sent home with the children the curriculumn they will be
doing for their class, along with artist we study and vocabulary words
we will learn for testing.
I need ways to inform parents how important art is to their child's
whole education so we don't have this attitude "Art isn't important".
Sandy Poos

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