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(*The very idea of getting the government involved in our classrooms is
a serious concern.)
~~~Where do you teach? I teach in a public school, which is
Government!!! National, State, County, and Local! It was my experience
that the National Standards came about, not from BIG BROTHER GOVERNMENT,
but from an army of art teachers (as you put it),"extremely dedicated,
thoughtful, well educated, and very enthusiastic about the subject they
teach", who tirelessly LOBBIED to have the ARTS included in the
standards. We were IGNORED in the original standards. THERE WAS MUCH
CELEBRATION WHEN WE WERE FINALLY RECOGNIZED AND INCLUDED IN THE
STANDARDS. I mention this because I think you may not have been aware
of this history.
(*"Are you ready to let others determine what works for you and your
~~~Again, the army of ART teachers are working to develop the
assessment tool. My state has called for ART teachers to serve and give
input. You can be sure that I have and will put in my 2 cents during the
development and after the pilot. Of course, the ART test will be very
difficult to develop..There is much debate....we are already a year
behind the original timeline.
(* By it's very nature teaching art, making art, stands outside of the
cognitive learning styles used in other subjects.)
~~~In the 36 years I have been teaching in public schools, I have
seen an enormous change in teaching methods in all subjects. My district
has dedicated a generous amount of time and money to train ALL the
teachers as new information became available. I can assure you that the
teachers in my district teach all subjects very much as I do....
Discovery! Discovery! Discovery! Approximately 10 years ago we had 3
greuling years of inservice training in the higher level thinking
skills, and more recently in the understanding of multiple inteligences.
(Before that it was Glasser and Madeline Hunter, etc., etc.) Many
teachers already taught this way, but now that everyone does (even the
jocks), it makes my job much easier. There are many approaches to
teaching, and Monkey-see Monkey-do is used to teach all
subjects,including the ARTS, I'm sad to say. The same thinking skills
are needed to produce brilliant discoveries in Math and Science, and to
explore new ground in literature, human relationships, and the ARTS.
Having the standards gives me a constant for reference to keep me
grounded and to measure a balanced curriculum. We all have personal
preferences. The standards remind us to plan for the broadest possible
range of content. They keep me from getting lopsided, and force me to
continue to explore.