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Re: national standards

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Sun, 01 Nov 1998 21:50:18 -0400

I feel a need to echo an earlier message that explained how it was the
art teachers, not the government, who developed the national standards.
The Getty Center for Education in the Arts also deserves to be
recognized for their contributions. It was through their publication in
the 80's of "Beyond Creating: The Place for Art in America's Schools",
that I realized there was so much more to teaching art than just
developing neat ideas of topics for projects. I don't deal much with the
national standards because New York state has created their own version
- but I do heartily support them. They are not restrictive at all - in
fact they open windows to a multitude of directions for art teaching to
pursue. Everything that good art teachers do will invariably meet the
standards in some way. I am hoping that the statewide assessment for the
arts will follow a similar path. That it will have themes or topics for
students to explore and develop solutions - any number of which will be
acceptable responses. Of course, I also always look upon the glass
partly filled with water as being half full...
Sandra Hildreth
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