I agree, yet it is my understanding that there are a series of national art standards. I believe that there is a national art test that is part of the NAEP tests. The database of information is offerede on the NCES(National Center for Educational Statistics) website.
There are many unqualified math, science, english, social studies, special ed, music and art teachers, but the schools still offer those aforementioned classes. I have an opinion on the reason(s), but I will be a nice, mild-mannered correspondent and keep my opinions to myself... HAHAHA!
Isn't it wonderful to be a teacher? As far as integration, I am rather ambivalent about that topic, especially in elementary school.
In the elementary grades, I grew up with no visual arts classes, yet I was lucky enough to have musical arts classes. One of my teachers taught us (in the third grade) music theory and history through the use of instruments, including the voice. We loved her. She was highly trained in her teaching field, and we benefited.
I believe I could have modeled mathematical problems and scientific phenomenon more effectively had I had even a modicum of visual art instruction in elementary school.
I crusade for art teachers every time I work with a school district on their whole school curriculum. I am always amazed that, sometimes, art teachers aren't even aware of their potential for major impact on the other courses of study.
Thanks for listening,
--- "The road is better than the inn." -unknown author
On Thu, 29 Oct 1998 11:59:31 Ann Wilschke wrote: >We talk National standards and a certified art teacher in every art >room. One caution, I think we must avoid the pitfall of using art in an >interdisciplinary way and calling that teaching art. Does one teach art >if one makes a paper mache map of a state????? I think not! But many >non-art teachers might not understand that difference. This kind of >thinking might be discouraged by nationalized standards. Ann W. > >
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