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From: jw (jmwjeann_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Jun 02 2003 - 06:42:58 PDT

Hi Ellen if you're around.  I could not help smiling like Charlie Brown 
when I read your 'cynical' comment about curriculum mapping.  I cannot 
help you except to commiserate.  We're going through something similar I 
think -- Our school has purchased and 'bought into' a new software 
package guaranteed to align all of our curricula inch by inch with 
national and state standards, not to mention Bloom's (my head aches and 
I experience a flashback to college education courses).  Now, don't get 
me wrong; I have copies of all the above and refer to them faithfully as 
I plan my year, quarter, whatever, because I believe that these 
references contribute to the seriousness w/which administrators perceive 
art classes/teachers.  However, it's this plugged in, cubby hole 
approach that drives me crazy.  What is it about the word 'alignment' 
that makes my skin crawl?  Well, I just thought I'd let you know that 
you are not alone in your temporary (we hope) cynicism.  I've been 
trying hard to be the good team player on my campus (because I am one of 
the older ones and seen accurately to be a stick in the mud), and this 
list  might be my only opportunity be a curmudgeon.
I'll look forward with copy click finger ready to all the constructive 
replies you'll receive.  I need all the catch phrases and avant garde 
stuff I can gather.  (I've got time; they're starting with 'core' 
subjects -- you know, the ones what really matter.)   J.