I want to thank the group in this last discussion on drawing for being
polite and respectful. I have noticed that people are really making an
effort to watch how they respond to posts and many more are honoring each
other for comments and contributions. I really appreciate that. The more
we can discuss these things in a civil manner, the more we will improve art
I would like to start a new thread.
According to Robert Beeching in a previous post, the Atlantic Monthly
published an article entitled, "why visual and performing arts programs
are losing out to computer labs!" Has anyone read this article? Please
give us a brief summary of it, if you have time.
In any regards, I would like to discuss this topic in the light of the
problems art education is having with status.
First, I think it is a very provocative statement, no doubt written to
catch attention. However, I would like to hear what the group has to say
in regards to this topic.
As many of you know, I am a technology supporter. However, I become
concerned when I hear stuff like this, especially when technology is used
creatively, it can further support the role of the arts in the curriculum.
Certainly, it could be argued that the arts curriculum could be the heart
of "media literacy." This is a new term that is being bounced around
education circles to stand for "multi-media literacy", ie. the kind
required when using digital (electronic) multi-media.
Instead of being alarmed by media literacy, this may be a great opportunity
for art education (if it really got behind the technology movement) to
ensure for itself a place in the curriculum.
What do the rest of you think?
Diane C. Gregory, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Art Education
Department of Art and Design
Southwest Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas 78666
dg09 (university e-mail in San Marcos)
dianegregory (home e-mail in Austin)