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None of us can afford to become complacent. Experience, credentials and education count for naught without action. (Remember the old addage, "Faith without
works is dead?") None of us can afford to stop learning, growing and striving ffor improvement. Now more than ever, we need to be armed with as much knowlegdeas possible to become better artists, educators, administrators and advocates
for the inclusion of the arts, not just in education, but in our society.
ANother respondent on this list pointed out Mr. Buchanan's plan for the NEA,
if that isn't frightening, what is? It seems clear to me that in this, an
election year, the position of the arts in our society is in jeopardy.
Complacence and ignorance could be the death knell for the arts in education in
I tell my students (of all ages, from preschool to college), that the only
"stupid" question is the one that is never asked. I would be worried if
suddenly no one could think of any more questions to ask. My philosophy
regarding information and assistance, is get more than you need! The more
resources you have at your disposal, the better. Not everyone in the professionand in fact in my experience, very few of us scorn the "green" teacher. After
all, we were all at one point or another the "new kid". Keep an open mind, and always remember that experience is relative.
Finally, I would like to thank you and your fellow students for having the
courage to come online and risk asking questions. You have certainly helped
me to continue to reflect and refine my own views on art education, to share
those views, to speak out as an advocate of the arts and to take an active
role in the education of future art educators. In short, I have learned at
LEAST as much as you have. Your contributions now, and in the future are
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