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Re: ARTS EDUCATION LEGISLATION

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National Art Education Association (naea)
Tue, 23 Dec 1997 13:26:04 -0500 (EST)

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NAEA's release of information about Florida's advocacy efforts in art
education was intended to draw attention to effort geared toward specific
legislation in a specific state. Florida's effort, which we believe should
be adapted in every state, attempts to:

1. Change high school graduation requirements in the state to include
specific credit in the arts.
2. Include coursework in the arts when calculating high school grade point
averages for college admissions.
3. Support Sunshine State Standards for Arts Education to ensure academic
excellence in the arts for all students throughout the state.

NAEA continues to support the improvement of educational programs offered
by museums, and has done so througout its 50 year history. Membership in
NAEA includes a Museum Education Division and thousands of individual
teachers who find museum programs make a useful contribution in support of
their classroom efforts.

However, the educational program of a museum does not directly connect to
high school graduation requirements or including arts in grade point
averages, nor can it provide academic excellence for every student, in all
schools, in all districts throughout the state. Such a program, while
useful and supportive of formal classroom instruction in geographically
limited area, is not "useful enough" for the purposes of statewide,
systemic legislation.

>I have been reading the postings from national and state NAEA for
>months now - and I feel that I finally must respond to the following
>statement that performing arts and museums programs are not "useful
>enough."
>
>Quote
>FLORIDA ADVOCATES ARTS EDUCATION LEGISLATION
>
>TALLAHASSEE, FL-Gearing up to advance arts education legislation, the
>Florida Art Education Association (FAEA) along with its sister arts
>associations and guided by an advocacy group, Arts for a Complete Education
>(ACE), prepared members and parents to advance four legislative agenda
>items.
>snip--
>
>One of the critical dimensions is the focus on the definition of arts
>education as student learning in the arts, and connecting it to the state's
>commitment-to-excellence program. This meant that arts entertainment,
>enrichment, and exposure methodologies were not useful enough to accomplish
>student learning for all students throughout Florida.
>end Quote
>
>While I agree that formal art education is important, it is time for
>NAEA to stop slamming the contributions of performances and museums.
>Formal and informal learning should go hand in hand. Museums and
>other arts organizations are making every effort to make these
>scoffed at enrichment experiences, truly educational by using methods
>from formal education.
>
>I think that perhaps part of the problem is that arts teachers are
>feeling threatened by loss of $$$ - but it is to their detriment to
>marginalize their educational partners in the arts. Think of the
>amount of teacher education, children's education and lifelong
>learning theatre, concerts and museums provide!
>
>We need to put forward a united front, not fight each other!!!!
>Kathrine Walker, Education Coordinator
>Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University
>klwalk
>www.ksu.edu/bma

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