..."What I would like to hear is less 'ranting' and more constructive
suggestions on how we can improve art teacher education......"
1) Institute an "Art" prerequiste for both secondary, and college entry.
2) Make "Art" a required subject for all elementary teacher training
candidates entering the field.
3) Require college "Art Education" courses to be taught in the the
departments of art, and not in the departments of education.
4) See NEW YORK TIMES 01/05/98 National/Metro Section: "The Ivory Tower
5) Dispense with the current Ph.D. and Ed.D (written thesis)
requirements for art educators by replacing Abilard's 12th century
"written dissertation" with a 21st century visual approach to
6) Require all post-graduate "administration" degrees to at least one
semester exploring a hands-on Visual and Performing Arts curriculum.
7) Reinstite the Special Visual and Performing Arts Credential for both
Elementary and Secondary teaching levels.
8) Reinstitute the positions of Visual and Performing Arts Supervisors
in all districts to conduct and to maintain a professional level of
teaching standards at both the elementary and secondary levels of
education by up-dating curriculum and teaching practices.
9) Require all college professors of art education to maintain close
liasons with the on-site master teachers their students are assigned to
during the "observation" and "practice teaching phases" of teacher
10) Make the Visual and Performing Arts mandated subjects; Elementary
through Secondary levels of instruction.
If this type recommendation is followed, in 10 years we will have a
population which has experienced - first-hand - the contributions of
the arts to education and to society in general, and will cut down on
the "ranting" which has occured over the arts during the past 50 yrs.
(which has led nowhere).
SEE: <http://members.tripod.com/~robprod/index.html> for an overview!