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  •  your statement not universally true (4+ / 0-)
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    frandor55, JanL, Dichro Gal, David Kroning

    yes, in schools with low test scores the pressure to raise them under NCLB (and even earlier under some state testing regimes that came about as a result of earlier 'reform' efforts) has led to the kind of severe narrowing of the curriculum that art and music and poetry and the like have been dropped.  Somehow that does not seem to happen in upper middle class schools.  The sad thing is in upper middle class schools the families and communities usually have the resources to provide for music etc outside of school while in inner city and poor rural schools those resources are lacking so that if the kids don't get it in school they don't have access at all.

    Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

    by teacherken on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 04:41:43 AM PDT

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    •  No More Art (4+ / 0-)

      It won't be long, school administrators in middle class schools, under pressure to cut costs in order to deliver basic educational curricula in the face of shrinking general education funds, will in fact maginalize art programs by doing any of the following:
      -Refuse to hire new art teachers in order to replace retiring veterans
      -Direct under qualified classroom teachers or unqualified ancilliary staff to teach art
      -Over crowd existing art classes without considering to add new faculty or learning opportunities
      -Eliminate entire grade levels, especially at the middle school level, from opportunities to learn in the visual arts
      -Re assign art teachers to perform other duties
      -Cut entire art programs

      I have seen art program marginalizations happen in many middle class school districts and it is a growing trend.

      School arts programs are the canary in the coal mine..

      Our students and teachers recieve a marginal educational experience when they are force fed a steady diet of work sheets and test prep and have little opportunity for divergent thinking development and imaginiative growth.

      Bushco have set us up for more failures of imagination......

      •  and failures we can't begin to imagine... (2+ / 0-)
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        Dauphin, Wisteacher

        I have been fortunate to have two young daughters who's gifts for acting and singing have taken them into arts oriented public education situations where the level of learning in necessarily higher because all of the kids want to be there.

        Had they not shown these gifts earlier I would have had to expend massive amounts of monies I don't have to match the education they are getting.

        When you have a child like my oldest son who can graduate high school without any interest in current affairs or even picking up a newspaper you start to worry...

        I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man's reasoning powers are not above the monkey's. - Mark Twain

        by route66 on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 05:38:08 AM PDT

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    •  It's happening in our upper middle class school.. (2+ / 0-)
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      teacherken, Dauphin

      funding in CA is dropping for all the electives.

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