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Lesson Plans

district art proposal

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Ann Weaver (
Mon, 9 Mar 1998 12:33:00 +0100

Ruth: Several years back when our county turned to site based management,
our county administration told elementary principals that they could gain
extra classroom teachers to cut class size by cutting out art, music and pe
teachers. Their rational was that elementary teachers were qualified to
teach these subjects as they had taken one two of these classes in
college. They were also told that the classroom teachers would be
responsible for teaching these curriculums per our curriculum guides. Our
county art teachers were livid. What transpired in some schools was that
the site based leadership teams allowed the faculty to vote on what they
wanted to do. In several schools teachers did lose positions or have them
cut back to half time. Some schools even used teacher assistants to teach
art. Our art network's contention to our superintendent was that art
appreciation and one methods course did not prepare an elementary teacher
to teach art. I had to defend this position again just two weeks ago at a
Teacher Advisory Board meeting with our superintendent. It really makes my
blood boil. However well intentioned a classroom teacher(or teacher
assistant) they simply do not have the background to do DBAE. Be proactive
in your approach be an art advocate all the time. Good luck. Ann