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Bunki Kramer (
Wed, 15 Dec 1999 17:39:00 -0800 (PST)

> Around 1985, the Getty Center called for an evaluation of the quality and
> status of art education ... focused attention on > highly successful
>programs already in existance whose curriculum content > included, not
>just the making of art, but toward understanding art. > Understanding art
>lies in the exploration of history, art criticism, > aesthetics as well as
>the production of art...(DBAE) serves as touchstone >toward greater
>teaching ability. It shows art teachers how to deal with the >ambiguity
>of > the artistic process by virtue of accountability: Provide education,
>not > just an activity.
> -=deb=-

I also agree with what Deb has to say. I must mention that DBAE has pulled
MY curriculum together tightly ...all it's components including P&E's,
history, assessment, critiques, production...keeping all these little balls
in the air wound together to form one giant skein of art experience.

I wasn't raise on DBAE nor educated with this concept in the 60's. The
"title" didn't exist back then. I found it on my own years ago when I
realized I had to make some "sense" of my goals and curriculum for myself
as well as to the parent and student public. I needed a methology to my
madness and this is when I started to assess myself and my program goals.

I think DBAE has strong merits and I like the idea that even with DBAE
"today", one doesn't have to follow a clearcut method. I can pick my goals
for each project and emphasis the areas of DBAE I think are important for
each individual one since there is always a lack of time to teach
EVERYTHING, heaven knows.

I think it's a grand scheme for beginning teachers to have this background
before entering the classroom and I also think it's probably the most
important thing to learn for an art teacher as well as discipline
techniques. I wish I had had this experience in my early years. It would
have helped me tremendously to organize my thought processes instead of
having to stumble into a group of kids without a good, clear plan of
attack. Hummmm...interesting word to use..."attack"...but I digress.

Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526

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