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On Mon, 16 Sep 1996, Teresa Tipton wrote:
> The real problem I have with art teachers is that they talk too much
> period. Sometimes the intellectual constructs which dissect the world and
> words into this and that, either or, yes and no, good and bad, trivializes
> the real meaning of questions and responses. If we explained and analyzed
> less perhaps there would be more art. And perhaps we, as teachers/artists
> would also do more art. Which is not to say don't analyze!
> But this position of concern based upon assumed fear of program reduction
> somehow misses the point of the question, and perhaps has missed the point
> of connecting art with play. How terribly unplayful!
> Art education has been in the position of justifying itself for over
> twenty-five years in american public schools, and in case anyone cares to
> notice, more programs are being cut than are being supported with
> increased teachers, classtime for students, and funding. So all of our
> words have somehow failed in this most basic of battles for a rightful
> place in the education of the whole child/student/adult.
> What do you have to lose? Why not be daring, bold, provocative, eccentric,
> and unconventional in how you promote art? Maybe art as play will redirect
> physical education budgets to the arts.
> play on!
> teresa tipton