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Lesson Plans

Teaching Art

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Tue, 27 Feb 1996 22:50:19 -0500

Hi! My name is Shelly and I am a post-graduate student at Southwest Texas
State University. I am currently getting my teachers certification in
secondary Art Education.
I recently was asked an interesting question and had a hard time giving an
answer and I am curious what others in the Art Teaching field think. At the
time of the question we were discussing the importance of Education and the
question was asked, "How important is Art Education to a street dealer or a
out-of-work mother of five?" The person basically was saying that the
cut-backs that the Arts get are because it is more important that "Jimmy" and
"Sally" know how to read and forget about if they have any idea or concept of
Art. I guess my question would be how do we as Art Teachers justify the need
for Art Education. Granted it is probably more important if "Jimmy" and
"Sally" know how to read, but if they have something like Art to give them
some kind of hope or joy isn't that important too. Right now I'm really
having a hard time justifing to others and even students the importance of
Art in schools. Mr. Hollands Opus was a wonderful insperation but I need
some more suggestions.

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