This happens alot.....I've tried swimming upstream on this issue, and you
are the only one who ends up frustated....so, I joined in, the Read-deal,
and kept my classes, or offered to come in and read, and I brought all of my
"art" story books, and read about ART!, and in the end, we would look at the
pictures, and talk about what they saw, what they heard, what art words
(elements) did the artist use......so, they may not have had a
"make-and-take" day, but rather the other part of art, the talking,
discussing, constrast/compare part of the art world that is so important.
Remember, more children will grow up to appreciate art as adults if their
exposure encompasses all the art functions. I am a happier, and more
fulfilled person for joining in, rather than fighting the loss of my
From: Maggie Tucker [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 27, 2002 3:35 AM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: RE: Using art as discipline.
My latest is an 8th grade English teacher who 1) arranged a "Read Across
America" at an elementary school 2) went to the school principal without
talking to me and said to him 3) all the students will miss is their related
arts time. She's gotten offended by my refusal to go along with this, but
oh well. I figure I either care for what I do or I join a group of
educators who don't deserve the name.
Sent: Tue 2/26/02 7:28 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Using art as discipline.
Ok, all you wise art colleagues, I am asking for your sage advice. What is
your opinion regarding classrom teachers who remove kids from art class for
either behavior issues or to finish other classroom work? It's not permitted
at my school, but teachers still do it. I travel to the classrooms and find
it very difficult to deal with staff who do this. I feel very strongly that
this should not happen, but wish to keep a peaceful work environment, too.
How do you handle this? judy ---