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. Adapted from, and 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 all teachers, including art teachers, have continued revolutionary practices in the face of outside efforts to standardize imaginative, innovative thought and social consciousness.
HOW ARE YOU RESPONDING TO THE COMMON CORE AND LEGISLATIVE CONSTRAINTS ON CURRICULUM?
Learn about ways in which art teachers and other teachers are responding to and resisting the standardization of art curriculum by participating in this blog.
Brittany M. Notari
6/22/2013 01:15:30 pm
Patty: I'm very excited to have a place of critical discourse available. I must be honest and say I have recently felt the emptiness of critical discussion in Art Education since graduating from Tufts. I do get to interact with other Art teachers within my district twice a year, however this does not feel like enough time. My own supervisors have confessed to not understanding "What it is (I) do..". Which for the most part leaves me to my own devices, as long as I continue to produce curriculum documents that are flashy and lengthy (I feel like no one reads them).
6/22/2013 01:47:22 pm
Brittany, This is the pro-active approach I would expect from you! Yes, it is like Christine Sleeter wrote almost 10 years ago in her book Un-Standardizing Curriculum: Multicultural Teaching in the Standards-based Classroom - when she explained that one can develop and implement a curriculum that is "standards-based without being standards-driven." I appreciate your approach to forthrightly address the Common Core so productively. It precisely because the administrators and teachers are under so much pressure that you can use the CC to get their attention and make the case for fully and authentically integrating the arts into the so-called core subject areas! I am inspired to read your statement "The teachers and I will meet twice a week next year to co-plan and collaborate on classroom curriculum that has an Art Core!" That is exactly the kind of reclamation of curriculum we need. Keep it going, Brittany!
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