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Re: Art is NOT important

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Geri Iannaconi (moms_taxi)
Thu, 18 Dec 1997 15:39:58 -0500

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Is your school a PTA school? National PTA and State PTAs have great
resource information on the arts. In fact the National PTA is a part of the
Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network's (KCAAEN) "Creative
Ticket for Student Success" Project. "Conversations for Student Success"
were held in every State nationwide. Go to the KCAAEN site
(kennedy-centeer.org/education/kcaaen) for information on the Alliance for
Arts Education in your state,or www.pta.org/programs for the National PTAs
arts resource information. PTAs are encouraged across the country to
support quality arts programs. "Reflections" is the National PTA Arts
program.
If your in New Jersey you can just contact me or the Alliance for Arts
Education/NJ.

Geri Iannaconi
New Jersey PTA
Arts in Education Chairman
-----Original Message-----
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".
> Thanks,
> Sandy Poos
>


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