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The value of Arts education goes way beyond art, and even beyond "having
something like Art to give them some kind of hope or joy". The art room is
one of the few places in schools were kids are encouraged to be unique, to
strive for their own approach to things, to employ creative problem solving
tactics nearly everyday, to analyze and interpret their own work as well as
the work of others. There is never any "wrong" answer in my art room - just
lots of variations of ways to do things. This is the very essence of
survival. Problem solving, self-reliance, resourcefulness, and creative,
independent thinking has helped the human race progress through the
centuries, and it is what will help the street dealer or the mother of five
perhaps find a job. We encourage and cultivate these activities all the
time in Arts education and I see this as one of our primary functions.
Sandy Hildreth <shildret>
7-12 Art, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617