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Lesson Plans

What's Worth teaching in Art? (A Reply to Bob)

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Sheryl Ann McCoy (smccoy)
Thu, 23 Jul 1998 11:12:01 -0700


My initial response to the first reading of Bob Fromme's description of his high school's curriculum was the amazing thought that a young adult soaked in his high school's art classes could get a rewarding job, straight out of high school. I was impressed with the wide array of course offerings.
I see validity in your wonderings. The way I see it, we will continue to wonder until we get it right.
Currently, across the USA, there are many discussions and experiments trying to change the existing Carnegie units of the factory, industry based high school curriculum. There have been similar efforts in the past century. If the current effort is to be successful in carrying our culture towards a coherent replacement, the new planner(s) must learn from past experiences, provide power(in some form of leadership support)to the local leaders, and provide for open ended local community help and discussion.
I am not so naive to believe that these three factors alone will make current efforts successful, yet I know that ignoring any of these major factors have precipitated failure for similar reform efforts in the past. If we hope to see teams of students, then we must develop curricular teams of teacher/leaders, as well as community teams to support one another.
Personally, I would love to see integrated curriculums, activities, teams, etc at the high school level.
There is another major question to consider. How would traditional colleges compete with these types of high school curricula and programs?
The present high school structure was created in the 20th century; whereas we are still living with the collegiate educational plan that has changed little since the formation of the ORIGINAL University of Paris.
Best regards,
Sheryl McCoy

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