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Re: [teacherartexchange] Classes Dropped


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue May 24 2005 - 14:15:55 PDT

Hi Woody and all,

Perhaps art should be tested to protect art programs. Programs that are tested
are kept.



Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX  76204
Quoting Woody Duncan <>:
> In an e-mail from a teacher at my old Middle School, I found
> out that all shop and Home Ec classes will be dropped. The
> shop teacher retired so it was easy to faze out. Apparently
> our school had the last shop class in the district. The
> Home Ec was dropped to provide more math. Math is the one
> area that has been a problem with test results. Art and
> Music classes are safe for now, but for how long is the
> question. The school serves a low income population. There
> are not that many college bound kids. There are lots of
> good solid jobs out there in the construction trades. I know
> because my son makes four times what a teacher makes. I
> believe we are making a big mistake focusing on test scores
> in just reading and math. In a few years NCLB will expect
> 100 % of our students to be proficient in reading and
> math. An excellent but very unrealistic goal. They instead
> should call it NSLO (No School Left Open). Any comments
> on my ranting.
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