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Re: displaying student work

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From: Susan Bennett (sbennett_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Oct 16 2000 - 16:55:21 PDT


I find the same thing. I think by highschool though we are missing some of
our most gifted artsist as they are directed away from us due to schedule
conflicts. Also the impressions of guidance folks who give the art
department those who have trouble achieving. Susan in Ohio
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From: Nnaell@aol.com <Nnaell@aol.com>
To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet@lists.getty.edu>
Date: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 9:41 PM
Subject: re: displaying student work

>To clearify my point...this parent's idea of art education is that only the
>non-academic students excel. I have many special needs students who do
>extremely well in art. I agree that those students are able to excel in
the
>less structured environment that the art room offers. However, my most
>gifted students are quite frankly the students who are considered high
>achievers and who are highly motivated. These students are able to problem
>solve at a higher level, their solutions to art problems are innovative and
>they bring a broader vocabulary and understanding to discussion of artwork
>and art concepts.
>
>This parent...and quite frankly those who would continue to beat this drum
>are still putting art in a place of "non-intelligence", treating it as a
>non-academic subject, a special or cultural. Nice to have if you can
afford
>it but completely unnecessary. I think all of us on this list would agree
>that the arts are an essential part a student's basic education and that
>students do not receive enough art rather than the reverse.
>
>Is it possible to educate this parent....perhaps...and the millions more
like
>her....perhaps. But....when she considers that what I teach has little
value
>to her child (needless to say she does not consider her child to be one of
>the "non-achievers") there is very little I can do to change her mind. Not
>when I teach in two schools and put in 15 hours days doing PR (aka hanging
>art). I have only been teaching one year and already am sick from the
>complete disregard that public education holds for the arts. And...the
>honest truth is...if you asked anyone in our school district...they would
say
>they are completely supportive...and the really sad thing
is...comparatively
>speaking...they are!
>
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