How can we actively participate in the future directions of the field of art education?
The specific question "How can we actively participate in the future directions of the field of art education?" made me think about responsibility and implementation. Although I am not a K-12 teacher, I am surrounded by them in my personal life. The formal conversations we had in class become part of the informal conversations I have with family and friends. I feel as sense of responsibility to discuss these theories with teachers who are passionate and willing to implement new concepts into their classrooms. This is one manner that I feel in an informal way that is impacting the future direction of art education.
Tiffany Lewis 03/03/2013
3/3/2013 03:05:40 pm
3/8/2013 07:35:14 am
I think this responsibility could be taken further than conversations with teachers we know. We could write our representatives, school boards, and other politicians who, in one way or another, represent the curriculum-writing majority. While I am not always a fan of top-down reforms in education (from my observation, they tend to come from a bit more MBA frame of mind than a ED) it certainly wouldn't hurt if those writing curriculum who don't have a background in education know of these theories and their relation to the arts and all education.
3/6/2013 08:54:42 am
One of my friends who teaches in Cleveland has said to me that she doesn't think much about the big ideas of art, and that she is more concerned with just making sure that her students have pencils. However I know that she went through the same teaching program I did and some of those ideas are infused in her practices. Contrariwise I have encountered more than one situation wherein it felt to me as if Art teachers in the classrooms were the workhorses of arts education, doing necessary work and flying the flag of arts (wot wot), but limited in the scope of their achievements.
3/6/2013 08:57:18 am
Incidentally, Nina Simon just posted a blog about what she sees as white privilege in museums. I think it is fairly insightful.
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