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> From: bkramer.us[SMTP:bkramer.us]
> Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 1999 8:10 PM
> To: artsednet.edu
> Subject: Re: no elem. art experiences....
> Hi, Linda...you said in response...
> >It's gratifying to know that>our efforts are not entirely in vain.
> Didn't know till this afternoon when I sat down to use the big C that I
> started such a ruckus. As a former elem. art teacher in the state of
> Florida way back (late 60's) when there was no cart...just carryin' things
> in my arms from room to room. Finally graduated to a grocery cart (got a
> big red bow on it...they thought they were being so gracious to give me
> this!).I definitely know where you are coming from having been there
> and know how hard you work.
> My comments come from the point of view of having LITTLE IF ANY
> art in most of the California pub. school districts...that I'm aware of.
> It's all dumped into our laps at the mid. school to bring everybody up to
> speed. Sometimes I have to "untrain" kids not to just slap paint onto
> paper and say, "I'm done" when there has been no thought or goal reaching
> in doing so. So many 6th graders are still at the sun-in-the-corner
> stage/etc. not having any real art teacher before me. Yes, the majority
> willing and eager to learn art knowledge. And, yes, they want confirmation
> and need security for their decisions since they've never been taught how
> to critique their own work.
> I just wish WE had you guys working with the kids before we got 'em. It
> would save so much beginning time. Toodles.......
> Bunki Kramer - Los Cerros Middle School
> 968 Blemer Rd., Danville, California 94526