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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Judy Grochowski
Sun, 28 Jul 1996 13:27:59 -0500
I enjoyed the message of Jerry Deasys post and agree there is an
essence in art ed which has to do with a soulful lens or view, the awe of
creativity, and so on, which seems unique in the arts and IS humbling. I
too, feel it's far more desirable for a student to discover a passion for
something, a love of life and maybe, if everything else is coming together,
to love and value his/herself. It seems to me we are in the very spot as art
teachers to have the opportunity to see this in ways perhaps our coworkers
aren't always able...hence, for instance their amazement when viewing our
semester art exhibits.
As for grades: I will use positive information relative to grades
-or any other relative topic, for that matter- to promote art education in
our district because usually, this is what speaks to those who don't come to
our art exhibits and don't see what students in the arts are capable of
I also realize that as someone cautioned, out there another set of
stats may arise which contradict art students achievement, but combined with
whatever positive PR we can demonstrate, perhaps it won't wash. There are
also conditions over whish we have no control, such as a CRAZY governor,
supportiveness of a board, community, etc., but we can be proactive and
happily passing along positive info, presenting our students and their
achievements, and writing letters of support for programs elsewhere that may
be cut. These also are ways to leave our mark.
Of course, it IS summer vacation now, and I'm able to see this
because I'm not feeling entirely overwhelmed by work. So now is for me, a
good time to think about these issues because maybe I can lay some
groundwork, write some letters and so on.
Greenfield Wisc (where we're having a "normal" summer for a change!)