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Re: arts and nclb

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From: Woody Duncan (wduncan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Thu Mar 11 2004 - 09:00:41 PST


> ....and then there are those schools that are thankful for us non-art specialists
> so that students can experience art period.

Jana,
        I'm sure you are doing a good job of providing art for your students.
But a "non-art specialists" teaching art is much like the two years that
I spent as a "non reading specialist" teaching reading so the students could
experience more time in reading classes. That is the very reason
I wrote the Kansas State Department of Education. The letter and the
spirit of NCLB requires "Highly Qualified Teachers" in every classroom.
I truly enjoyed teaching reading but I should not have been doing it.
NCLB has caused one major change in our district and perhaps statewide.
Now long term subs must have a teaching degree and be certified in the
field they are substituting for. Day to day or short term subs still need
only 60 hours of college to cover a class.
                                                        Woody in KC
                                                        

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