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My sympathy to you re. your recent back injury. I'm not going to
the NAEA conference either. I wanted to call your attention to a recent
article in The Christian Science Monitor newspaper of the Jan 31, 1997
issue, I believe, (maybe the 30th). Perhaps you have already seen it, but
its a center spread story and its all about Art & Technology and the
importance that art has in the school and college curriculum.
The article draws attention to the fact that many (if not most) of
our students today are graduating and going out into the working world and
are quite illiterate as far as design, creative problem solving, computer
graphic skills are concerned. Several business owners are interviewed and
one in particular, as I recall, is quoted as saying that he has to recruit
almost have of his computer graphic designers/illustrators from overseas
as he feels that we (the U.S. and its educational system(s)) are not
properly training are own citizens in design, the visual arts, and
computer design/graphics for the jobs of today & tommorrow.
I photocopied the 'h' out of the article and distributed it to
local principles, teachers and several county instructional recruiter
types to show them that, "See, this is what we are trying to say about why
the arts and especially keeping up with the latest art & graphics related
technology for the schools is so important.!!!" When some of our
businesses and design firms have to hire foreign workers who have had a
better 'Arts & Technology' education in their country.
Oh, the shame of it all...
- Robert Snyder, Art Teacher, Maryland