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Re: Art, Math Lessons and Professional Equity

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Robert Fionda (robert.fionda)
Tue, 07 May 1996 17:31:16 -0400

Dear Carolyn,
My compliments to you for asking for help through ArtsEdNet to solve
problems with integrating math theories into your art curriculum. It is
apparent you are a dedicated art educator and many interesting ideas have
been offered by ArtsEdNet members for your review and possible application.
Compliments over; now I have a question for you and the ArtsEdNet group
concerning integration requests from other disciplines into your lessons.
My inquiry of you is..."What did you do when asked to alter your
curriculum to meet this school goal besides answering "Yes"? Obviously,
from a dedicated art educator, yes is the correct response because YOU are a
professional and education should be about the enlightening of the human
mind without boundaries.
Now for the BUT..."When will art educators begin the process of
asking that the elements of art, etc. be brought to the regular classroom?
Integration of the academics seems to be one way; with the fine arts
instructors doing the lion's share of the integrating....
The arts are academic and until you ask or better yet demand that
professional equity be practiced in regards to integration philosophies or
wherever the art are misaligned...then the arts will continue be a doormat
and its instructors will face professional prejudice. Art educators earned
their respect years ago, we just didn't demand it of our peers. Only you can
initiate change.
Next time you are approached...say, "Yes" with all the professional
gusto you have and then request your art needs for students be integrated
into their areas. I would be interested in hearing from you/ArtsEdNet about
their reactions and responses.
Time is up...I fell off my soapbox.


Robert Fionda
Art Educator
Romeo Community Schools