Thursday, April 5, 2012
neatoday article on Arts Education
From the National Education Association, April 5th, 2012:
All this is a result of the ill-fated "No Child Left Behind Act". Schools are so busy teaching to the tests, they don't have time to teach kids how to think. It is missing the forest for the trees. In the mean time, you've got stuff like the Common Core State Standards, which states:
This seems to me to be just more of the same. Standardized testing is the antithesis of creative studies. The very effort to "prepare our children for college and the workforce" is resulting in fewer of them attending those colleges and having fewer workforce opportunities.
Oh the irony. As Katherine Damkohler points out over on Artsblog, "Currently, and in the near future, the dialog within schools focuses upon the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The shifts that are required to implement the CCSS are vital for arts partners to understand."
So in order to get the Arts anywhere near schools, you have to couch them in language relating to these "standards". Forget the Arts for their own sake. The Arts must somehow conform to the banality of standards designed to do what the arts inherently do, yet standards that miss the mark entirely.