The battle cry "The Revolution will not be standardized" has been asserted by countless public school teachers over the past decade in response to policy constraints on curriculum, instruction and teacher efficacy. Inspired by Gil Scott Heron's 1970 recording "The Revolution will not be Televised" and most recently echoed by the Chicago Public Schools Teachers Union, "The Revolution will not be standardized" invokes the voices of teachers, cultural workers, families and students resisting the systemic take-over of public school life. This page is dedicated to that conversation with specific attention to the ways in which the standards movement has exterminated access to arts education and invaded the practices of art teachers. This blog honors the ways in which art teachers have continued revolutionary practices in the face of outside efforts to standardize imaginative, innovative thought and social consciousness.
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