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artists and art education bias

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Sat, 26 Oct 1996 21:02:37 -0400

As I am reading the discussion regarding the schism between art education and
the fine arts, I am compelled to bring up a subject that is very troubling to
me. Art education requires a knowledge of how students learn best, how
students develop in the arts and in other areas of the curriculum that
interrelate with art learning, how to navigate the political sea of the
educational arena, how to promote student art, etc. Art education is a true
calling and it takes years of refinement, sacrifice, and hard work to excell
in this area. Yet, national organizations, like the Endowment for the Arts,
would rather put artists not art teachers in the classroom. Has anyone out
there really read the National Standards for the Arts (the development of
which was funded by the NFA) or compared them to standards for other areas of
the curriculum? All other curriculum standards spend chapters on how their
educators need to be trained and what support they will need to enact the
standards. Our standards never mention art educators--they allude to the
training of regular classroom teachers and they promote the use of fine
artists-not art educators. In fact, the standards are left intentionally
vague in order to accomadate these fine artists and there areas of interest.
I felt I needed to point this out, because the schism between the fine arts
and art education goes much deeper than the college arena in which so many of
us have seen it played out. It is playing out now at a national level. Su

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