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[teacherartexchange] Hope and Change and Art Education

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ejb35_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Nov 06 2008 - 08:28:10 PST


What should we ask the new president consider about visual art
education?

It was in the last so-called "liberal" administration of Clinton
that The Culture Wars were at their height, with a call to
eliminate the National Endowment of the Arts, lots of censorship of
individual artists and exhibits and continuing challenges to the
First Amendment as it applied to freedom of speech, with art as
speech.

Things have not improved during the last 8 years, with cuts to art
education attributed to the unfunded mandates of NCLB. We are
seeing budgets squeezed and, as usual, art is considered "the
frill" to be first to go in favor of constant testing and test
prep.

What would be our greatest "hope" and for what kinds of "change"

Jane in Brooklyn

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