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Re: The value of art?

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Sheryl Ann McCoy (smccoy)
Mon, 05 Oct 1998 22:49:13 -0700


Maggie:
As we have learned more about the situation and circumstances under which these teachers are asked to share with children and teach, it is incredible to believe.

We can support them as best we can, but I often wonder where are the Jane Addams', the Horace Mann's and the Dorthea Dix's of this age?

If not me, then who? If not now, then when? If not here, then where?

What are some other things that we can do? In a small way, I want to think that the interaction we share throught the listserv helps.

The critics are not just wanting to take away art, they want to break up the public schools. I often wonder if the civic leaders are at the head of this issue.

Thanks for asking,
Sheryl

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Mackay Lesson #44:"Your Best People May Spend Their Most Productive Time Staring At The Wall."

On Mon, 05 Oct 1998 20:42:59 Maggie White wrote:

Reading Jill's and RB's comments about their experiences have me wondering why their school districts even bother to offer art, or anything outside the basics, for that matter. Do either of you feel you're contributing anything worthwhile to these students' lives?

>We've had a number of philosophical discussions about why art learning is valuable, but Jill's and RB's students seem not to have gotten the message. What earthly difference can art make in the lives of kids who have such rotten lives, and short ones at that?

How do we answer the critics who would do away with art in all our schools?

Okay, you newbies, who didn't like the discussions about Birkenstocks and fur, is this a deep enough topic for you?

>Maggie (whose students--not from an inner city but from a reservation--endured an 8-hour >round trip today for a one-hour tour of an exhibit on Egyptian art and thought it most >worthwhile; we're gonna buy adult tickets so we can go again, and take our time)

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