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Re: National Standards for Arts Education

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RAdams6532
Mon, 10 Feb 1997 15:20:13 -0500 (EST)

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I was on the Commission in Delaware writing arts standards for our state. It
took us about a year and a half to write the document, and six months of
revisions under the leadership of an Education Associate for Visual and
Performing Arts at the state dept of public instruction. At the same time
we began advocating for the state school board to adopt a graduation credit
in the arts - because the standards are ultimately voluntary at the district
level, a credit requirement would support the request for the standards
implementation process. Our state school board is scheduled to adopt the
standards and put final approval on the credit requirement this summer.
Meanwhile, several districts are coming forward with cries for no more
unfunded mandates - which they believe the standards come under. To add to
the mix, the state legislature is in the process of creating a cabinet
position for Education, doing away with the state superintendent. The work
goes on and on . . . I agree with Nancy. The standards were designed to
bring the arts up to the level of the other subjects as they are considered a
core subject in Goal #3 in the Goals 2000 document passed into law several
years ago. We're having a tough time with teachers buying into them, for a
variety of reasons. Parents seem to support them, administrators are getting
there. If you are in the process of developing standards, know that it is
alot of work, but it is for the future preparedness of the kids that we keep
shoveling away at the mountain with our teaspoons.

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