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>This is really a two-part question, in reference to the parents who called
>the principal to complain that the kids weren't bringing home enough art -
>One - Do any of you send letters to parents at the beginning of the year
>telling them about the art class - needs, expectations, plans for field
>Two - If so, do you tell them whether or not / when generally to expect
>kids to bring home work?
>If you do, do you feel it helps "head off" complaints from parents who want
>art class to be a production facility? At least you could say - "in the
>letter you received (and signed) at the beginning of the year I explained
>that many projects need to stay at school for several weeks", etc.,
>It sounds like the principal doesn't have a clear vision of what he/she
>expects from an art program. This is something I have really learned from
>this list - the lack of administrators who understand the role of visual
>in education. It seems to be a pervasive problem.
>(The trouble is, it is those same principals who do the interviewing for