With test scores the be all and end all, our middle school kids are being
scheduled for double math and double reading. Those who are taking algebra
are given a math support class. About 80% of the kids in my school are
deprived of the fine arts. We are not in compliance with state or federal
law. I have sent every advocacy article I find to the Board, PTA, and the
teachers folders on our in county via First Class email system. I have
contacted supervisors, the county humanities council, and anyone else I could
think of. I put up posters about the value of the arts.
My grandfather said, "If you throw enough spaghetti against the wall,
some is bound to stick." Many of my colleagues are speaking out, but we
seem to be voices in the wilderness until some litigious parents file suit.
Unfortunately, the lawyers in our county have kids in the higher achieving
schools, and aren't so affected. My students have parents who speak little
English and are working two jobs. So I will continue to try to speak for
them--till some of the spaghetti sticks.
We can't give up.