Sorry, Sharon, I'm still having trouble replicating text as I have the digest
form and can't seem to copy parts of text to which I want to respond. Wanted
to include parts of your letter with my response.
Sharon, I understand and agree with your point about the importance of being
out there and involved in the political arena. Infact, we, The New York
State Art Teachers Association (of which I am on the board), recently lobbyed
for and got a law passed in our state that makes it manadory for all art
educators to be licensed in their field in order to teach art.
My point is that I was disappointed to see such silly "facts" spewed out,
none of which, in my opinion, had any real substance or any relationship to
art or art education. I think that for posts such as these, this website is
not a political forum.
Here's one example on the list of "facts" that I can personally refute:
"Fact": Gore got C's and D's in law school and had to drop out. "Real Fact":
My cousin (last name Goren) went to law school with Al Gore and sat right
next to Gore at graduation. So, not only do I know a witness to Gore's
graduation day, but according to my lawyer cousin, Gore was maga cum laude.
Now, is that magna cum laude a "fact"? I can only tell you it's my cousin's
Facts or statistics of our political candidates that involve art, education,
art education, children, the standards, a candidate's stance on issues that
effect us as educators, their voting records, I do think are pertainent to
this website. However, as I said before, I am in this group primarily to
share ideas with my collegues on art and art education. Susan on Long