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Apparently the school board makes the decision. Our principals pushed for the
electives to count for more. And they're pushing for more. So I guess it is
just like everything else. You have to start at the grass roots. That would
be the principals. I think ours were finally convinced that many of the
behavior and failure problems in electives were due to the lack of a need for
students to pass. It takes 24 credits to graduate but with 4X4 they have 32
opportunities to get those credits. If they are not worried about class rank
or gpa, electives become courses that they choose to fail! Now work that down
to the elementary level and begin your campaign. But make sure that the
standards that you set for your students are high and that they are learning
art not participating in step by step art activities. It is going to be
harder at the elementary level. Your status is already that of babysitter
with many teachers and administrators. Good luck.
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