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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #38

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Leon R. Nuell (lrnuell)
Mon, 20 Jan 1997 10:18:20 -0600 (CST)

Re "specialists" vs "generalists". As a university prof of art education
and one recently elected to our local school board I have to say that it
is essential that we place specialists in our elementary schools while, at
the same time, continuing the basic education of generalists in art
teaching (in-service and teacher prep programs). It is very clear to me,
however, that the average classroom teacher, if not most, can teach the
core curriculum fairly well because they have been immersed in it for at
least 16 years or so (17 if you count K). In most cases, as we all well
know, exposure to well structured and content loaded art has been minimal.

This not to say that interested, curious and innovative classroom teachers
cannot do a fine job (in some, but certainly not all cases) in providing
art experiences to children. Some can. But in the main, meaningful art
EDUCATION can best be done by the specialist for, after all is said and
done, they do have both foundation and experience necessary to more than
the generalist.

Both are needed, but where expertise exists it must be employed. (So,
who will elect to go to a corporate attorney for representation in a libel
suit.....or to a doctor who practices internal medicine for heart
surgery?) Far fetched and apples and oranges, I think not.