Way back in Dec.,1995 while you were in Japan you wrote about the long
standing concern/discussion of art ed. program being de-emphasized
and inadequate funding, etc... I agree with you about this being the
trend and what should/can we do??
Only thing I can add to this discussion at this pt. is that (if its any
consolation) many other professional positions/careers are going thru.
downsizing, re-evaluation, cut backs. Unlike 10 or 15 yrs. ago engineers,
medical personnel, middle management people are losing their jobs or are
feeling less secure.
Over the past 30 yrs. America has lost manufactoring
and semi-skilled jobs due to a number of factors (like technology and
automation to name 1)
I think all this has school administrators and state level funding/budget
people in a 'tizzy' as to what they feel needs emphasizing and funding in
schools. We in art ed. and the arts will have to take our lumps too.
But of course, we feel we've taken MORE than our fare share.
Its been suggested by many that artists and art teachers not isolate and
insulate themselves in their schools, but to interact with other faculty and
involve themselves and their classrooms with other disciplines/subjects.
Along with this,to utilize new technologies to serve the arts andto
demonstrate this to administrators and other teachers.