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Re: [teacherartexchange] Cutting down - or eliminating - state mandated minutes for ART


From: Rebecca Burch (mamallama_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Feb 25 2006 - 16:01:39 PST

I'm not sure, but I think WV is the same as Ohio. It was like that
before No Child Let Ahead, but still, that hasn't helped at all. In
fact, art teachers have been cut back since NCLB and only the counties
that passed levies to cover the cost have a decent number of art

It is for this reason that I'm happy to be teaching in a private
school. I hate that it's this way, though.

(who is going to remain conspicuously silent about her feelings toward
the current administration for fear of ticking off any pro-Bush
friends on this list. *smile*)

On 2/25/06, Judy Decker <> wrote:
> Dear Art Educators,
> I am bringing this topic to this list.... It came up on Art Education.
> How wide spread it this problem? It hit Ohio several years ago...
> There are NO requirements now for visual arts in the middle school
> (only a fine art - which can be music).
> How has NCLB affected your mandate - are there still mandated minutes
> for visual art - or has the requirement been replaced simply with
> required 40 minute prep time each day for core teachers? NYS cut the
> time down to 40 minutes for visual art (in at least one school that
> was posted).
> Do we have any administrators listening? Do we have any government
> officials listening? Corporate American does NOT just want people who
> know their numbers.... they want CREATIVE people who know how to use
> the numbers.... they want the well rounded individual. I KNOW this is
> true.
> I am wishing and hoping the pendulum will swing back again.... once
> "they" see the error of their ways and realise ART is the most
> important subject in school. Why are they trying to mold everyone into
> their cookie cutter student? ART teaches all (smile).
> Any one else want to join me on my soap box (LOL)?.... I found a
> pretty big one - there is room for more.
> Regards,
> Judy Decker
> Incredible Art Department
> Incredible Art Resources
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