Gary Bogus wrote: > > Deb and Christine, > > I couldn't agree more. I am currently involved in writing new standards/ > curriculum in art for my district. As a parent and teacher I have been > arguing for years for increased content and higher standards in all areas, > especially art. My experience shows me that kids not only CAN learn more, > they WANT to learn more. Lowered expectations only teach them how to slide > by with minimum effort. Now, the job is convince the audults of this...
Add my AMEN to the general chorus here.
Sometimes I think maybe I'm asking too much, or not doing the kinds of things
that have a high "wow" quotient. Many of our assignments are practicing skills before
they get to the main assignment. I push and push and try to get students to go a step
beyond their abilities. I'm very adamant that they learn basic skills and craftsmanship
in 2D and 3D work. I insist that they can do better and not take the easy way out. It
really exhausts me! I often wonder if I'm turning them off to art by constantly making
recommendations for improvement.