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Re: More on elementary generalists and art specialists

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Rosa Juliusdottir (rojul)
Tue, 21 Jan 1997 13:35:08 GMT

A very interesting E-mail Elizabeth and yes please keep on teaching and
integrating art into your teaching. BUT we must still fight for the right
of every elementary school student to have a "real" art teacher to teach
art as a subject just like reading, writing, math and science. Art is a
subject that has to be taught by an art teacher, when available of course,
but it should be what we put emphasis on. Teachers who study to become
general elementary school teachers do study much more about reading etc.
(the so called general subjects) than they do about arts. I am not entirely
familiar with your system in the Usa even if I have lived there. But I know
in our teacherīs education arts courses are very few. If we want general
teachers to teach art we have to change their education. I feel however
that if they want to integrate art with other subjects or better still
teach other subjects through the arts that is wonderful. BUT we MUST have
art teachers to teach ART and not at all give up the demand that every
school must have one. Only then will Art get the place it deserves and then
I also believe we should get more time than two hours per week for Art is
so important in every childs education. I could go on and on about that but
stop here. Best regards from the north Rosa