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What's Worth Teaching in Art? Once More with Feeling!

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craig roland (rol1851.EDU)
Mon, 20 Jul 1998 23:21:23 -0400

I just want to thank all of you who have posted replies to the questions I
raised, as well as those who emailed me directly. I don't want to stop the
replies here or the thinking about these questions. I've been reading them
with great interest. But, unlike some of you, I have a "life" beyond the
keyboard and its been occupying much of my time lately. (Just kidding
there...please no flames!;7D) Its prevented me from engaging much in this
conversation that I started. Hopefully, as time permits, I would like to
go through all the responses I've received and try to summarize

A few thoughts for now: I don't assume to think I'm the only one struggling
with the question, "What's Worth Teaching in ART?" For me, however, this
matter has been upmost in my mind lately. As I search for viable/relevant
content to teach, I find myself looking more and more at contemporary
artists, models, concerns, media and materials for ideas...and turning away
from modernist ideals (e.g., the design elements and principles...which ten
years ago or so I was a firm believer in) and historical surveys. I'm not
suggesting here that we ignore the past or throw out everything we learned
ourselves in school. Nor, do I suggest we ignore the "needs" of kids
today...including those who present unique challenges. Its just...I keep
asking myself, "Is this REALLY important to teach kids today!" "What use
to them is this information?" And so on and so on....the search for
meaning continues.

BTW: I've found some of the issues raised in the "good/bad" thread to be
equally relevant to the dialogue here. And, henry....long time, no hear.
Welcome back to the fold. :7)

Well...back to my "other life"


CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, FAC 302, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax
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