Skip to main content

View Diary: Creating Jobs Is Not "Wasteful" (259 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  We're Talking About the Stimulus Here, Not NEA (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Norbrook

    kthnxbai.

    That is all. Individually, I wish you the best, but collectively, my dearest hope is to outlive you - groovetronica

    by Nulwee on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 04:14:38 PM PST

    [ Parent ]

    •  Additional funding for the NEA... (12+ / 0-)

      ...has been a hotly debated part of the stimulus.

      It's a $50 million request, in a bill that's now more than $900 billion.  Roughly 6/1000 of 1 percent of the funding package, to serve 1.4 percent of America's workers.

      If the NEA funding isn't in the bill that emerges from the Senate, it deserves to be in the one that emerges from the Conference Committee.  The only reason it's being debated is because the Republicans haven't moved beyond the culture wars of the 1980s.

      "There is only one caution. Don't let it happen again." -- edscan, 21 Jan 2009

      by ArtSchmart on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 04:29:08 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  I just can't imagine ... (5+ / 0-)

        I see how much my child and his classmates enjoy art. I can't imagine that schools have to cut art teachers!

        "We will learn an enormous amount in a very short time, quite a bit in the medium term and absolutely nothing in the long term." Grantham on 2008 Crisis

        by Bronxist on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 06:02:51 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Art teachers most likely would come under... (10+ / 0-)

          ...education funding, another element.  

          Toward that end, it should be noted that there were several studies made during the Bush administration of the effects of No Child Left Behind.  Those studies proved consistently that art education improved test scores in reading and mathematics as well.  The students were more engaged in their studies.  

          With those studies in hand, the Bush Administration then argued that its NCLB did not eliminate art teachers (technically, that's true: the districts eliminated those classes to pile up reading and math instruction for the tests) and that the art education should be pursued alongside the reading and mathematics that the program stressed.  No funding was forthcoming to rehire those teachers.  Art education continues to slide to this day.

          "There is only one caution. Don't let it happen again." -- edscan, 21 Jan 2009

          by ArtSchmart on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 06:21:41 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

      •  Culture Wars (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        ArtSchmart, Onomastic

        The only reason it's being debated is because the Republicans haven't moved beyond the culture wars of the 1980s.

        The kind of treatment the NEH got under Lynn Cheney.

        That said Mrblifil's comment about federal grants was way out of line with talking about the need for public works of the kind the NEA and NEH have never done. He has no understanding of how the WPA worked and decided to lump a wide swath of people in with critics of Karen Finley, which I never brought up.

        Even the Federal Theater Project had similar morality critics.

        That is all. Individually, I wish you the best, but collectively, my dearest hope is to outlive you - groovetronica

        by Nulwee on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 07:04:23 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  Agreed on Mme. Cheney. (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          TheFatLadySings

          As for mrblifil's comment, I suspect that was an attempt to clarify how grants are awarded, since some confusion over that plagues discussions of the NEA to this day.  It's not so much the supporter of individual artists that it once was in its earliest years.  All grants, moreover, are peer-reviewed to steer the limited funding to the projects and organizations where it'll do the most good.

          "There is only one caution. Don't let it happen again." -- edscan, 21 Jan 2009

          by ArtSchmart on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 07:23:57 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site