I'm not an arts educator, nor do I play one on TV, but I am an educator and
I am struck by how often this discussion seems to be instructionist-driven
or arts curric. driven rather than driven by some sense of child
development. I'm not just referring to kids' physical abilities to hold or
control crayons either. I'm referring to their perception of what they're
doing, their interests, and their sense of self and purpose.
Don't worry. I'm not about to launch into a polemic, but I am gonna inquiry
about the nature of the field of "arts education." Just what are the big
ideas driving young children's art?
I'm particularly interested in the answer since I've run across the
National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) which seems to
have managed to certify a large number of teachers in the area of art.
Could someone enlighten me pls.?
btw, you can check out the NBPTS at http://www.nbpts.org