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I am not preaching testing/grading for the purpose of justification. However,
as long as there are those who do not understand that there is more to
teaching art than allowing students freedom of expression with materials and
processes they do not understand and who proclaim loudly that it is not
possible or is even unkind to grade students art learning progress, we will
continue to be the underfunded, overworked, under respected, dumping grounds
of the school.
I have a choice in grading. I choose to do so. I teach a body of knowledge
that can be assessed. My students have a choice about how they express
themselves with that knowledge and I would never evaluate that choice. It
takes a little more effort to teach art, but my students deserve no less. And
I enjoy teaching what I know.