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Re: Question about arts programs in other countries


Date: Sat Oct 14 2000 - 22:21:08 PDT

I have been told that European and Oriental Countries include arts programs
from the outset of a child's education. I have a friend who just returned
from London, where he went to the see the National Gallery's Portrait
Gallery. There was one room, filled with computers, with nothing but
interactive opportunities within the gallery itself for visitors to explore
the National Gallery. I get the impression from the people I know who have
been overseas and/or have come from European countries that art is part and
parcel of their lives, just like any other subject. It is not subtracted out
and set aside as if it were some "special project" used to rile voters each
year at the school board's annual threat of budget cuts. the difference is
seen across the board in national test scores, where the US usually ranks in
the lower first ten, if they manage to get ranked at all. Somebody in NEA is
not paying attention!