For what it is worth -Today's children are generally lazy and need to see and
experience continuity in the core curriculum. In the past, Art has been
thought of as a hands on experience and very little value intellectually.
After all, that train of thought is what we have been fighting against -for
Writing and reading in art helps to validate our importance as part of the
core curriculum. It only helps our children in the end and that is what were
in the business of as teachers. I am currently fighting a high school
"student" attitude that what I should be teaching them is processes and
materials _But what I stress instead, is the development and mastery of
problem solving and THINKING skills. Writing, whether it be "critically" or
"creativly" is a important part of my curriculum. In High School, technical
mistakes must be kept to a minimum and standards are set to enforce that.
Some colleges require students to submit sample writings before their
accepted into the art program. Therefor if your not able to articulate your
thoughts -you don't get in. Lets insist on and teach higher standards for
This can only benefit both them and our program!!!!!!!
Kathy in Kalamazoo