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Re: A visiting artist's view

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Tue, 6 May 1997 21:04:31 -0700 (PDT)

I must say I can't agree more to your statements,
it is a fact that many smaller public schools are straying
from the arts in general, but art is nothing to fool around
with. You wouldn't hire a lumberjack to teach the art of
politics (an art?) why hire someone who may not know anything
of art and have them start this same horrible cycle again.
I have a friend who was subbing in a classroom that had a
parent come in, cut out a picture for all the students, then
showed the students her example of the same picture and how
she had colored it in. She asked the students to color
their pictures (all of the same thing). Needless to say, most
of the students had a very similiar looking picture when
they were finished. This is just a random incident-my friend
is an elementary ed grad and she couldn't believe it.
I'm an Art Education Major at St. Cloud State University,
One of the AE profs is retiring, another is on sick leave,
possibly permanently, and the last is in Europe- and she's
just an adjunct. I'm doing a lot of studying on my own
because that's what it seems like I'm own.
I won't stand for children getting a poor education in art
just because Higher officials beleive they don't need one.
Art is everything and that is something everyone should
know. feel free to respond..
Jeff Gjerde