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Re: Art Teacher Training

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Gary Bogus (gbogus)
Wed, 7 Jan 1998 11:44:41 -0800


Deb,
It seems that your schools are doing a good job in teaching art. Here in
California, we have had very little art in the past 15 years since since
Proposition 13 cut property taxes, and school programs as well. A friend of
mine, who went back to school for her BFA after practicing and teaching art
on her own for many years told me that her Teaching Assistant experience
was very interesting - she felt that most of what she was teaching college
freshmen in art should have been taught to them in third grade! With no
elementary art programs, and no requirements for art in either Jr. High or
High school, kids interested in art can make it to college with no formal
training at all! Think how much better art teacher traing programs could be
if the got students who were already well grounded in the fundamentals of
art, aesthetics, art history and criticiscm?

That's why it's so important to keep pushing for high standards in art at
all grade levels, and a recognition of art as a core subject.

J.Waggoner