I think you may have a point, quit struggling and breathe...I like it.
How about: Once upon a time we sat in a cave and drew beautiful
pictures. We did this because we felt a deep and mystical urge to
communicate what we saw. Or maybe it was self gratification, it felt
good to do it. Hey, there was no one around that was going to say
"what's that?" We all knew.
At what point in history did we break art down to its components and
engage in the "battle" to make ourselves worthy? Other cultures value
the arts, even big business say that thinking outside the box (creative
thinking) is what is most needed.
What if "we", art teachers, got out of public education and offered
classes on a different level? Our services would perhaps be more valued
if we placed more value on ourselves...Then we could teach the big
questions and the elements and principles, and do it in a manner that
suited us. If we wanted to include math, social studies, science and
reading (because we can), then we would, but no one would be standing
over our shoulders threatening to cut our program.
Just some food for thought,
I suppose for this idea to work every public school art teacher would
have to be on board. ;)
From: Diane C. Gregory <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Sent: Thu, 21 Jul 2005 15:23:19 -0600
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Changing our story
I have noticed that our collective story as Art Educators has been
for a position for art in the school curriculum. My good friend Donna,
this the "battle." I am tired of this story. What other collective
could we invent for ourselves as art educators in the 21st century that
art and art education in a different way. I find the "battle"
exhausting and I
think it wears people out. Many leave the profession because of this
What other stories could we frame for ourselves and how could we step
this "battle" story? Any ideas?