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New Jersey PTA
Arts in Education Chairman
From: Sandra Poos <klpoos>
To: artsednet.edu <artsednet.edu>
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 1997 9:12 PM
Subject: Re: Art is NOT important
>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