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Date: Fri Nov 01 2002 - 09:30:55 PST

Some of you may know that I have been making notes about
impediments to good art education as part of my doctoral paper
research on censorship in the art room.
One of theimpediments is that the administrators generally have not
had even one course in studio art or art education methods or
theory. Until they try to handle and control materials AND make
something personally meaningful, good looking, and meeting the
standards they can't know the challenges and intellectual scope of
art education.
Principals, superintendents, guidance counselors (who counsel
bright kids out of art and put troubled kids in for "therapy") all
of those decision makers need to have at least one art course as
they go for masters and doctorates in administration and
supervision. But this is not required (in programs I know), and I
don't know how many would elect an art course. Anyone have anything
different to report? Jane in Brooklyn