Monthly Archives: July 2013

LAUSD “restores” art education (?) or “something vs. nothing”

Here is a pretty picture to start things off (every blog post needs one)-

nigella in bloom

nigella in bloom

Here, go read the article for yourself and see what you think.  I’d love to hear it.

In the poll section of the article it states “Some kids need more creative approaches to learning.”  Very true.

But I doubt this is the answer.  It is another stopgap measure aimed at doing “something” rather than nothing.

Even Steven McCarthy, the district’s K-12 Arts Coordinator, said “one reason arts integration is at the core of the plan is to safeguard arts education from future cutbacks”.  So there you have it.  It’s not really an effort to “restore” arts education.  It’s an effort to shield it from future cuts in order to salvage  and maintain SOMETHING.  Otherwise, parents that care are going to get pretty rowdy.

“We want to have the same quality offered in every school”, says the LAUSD.  So with that goal in mind, they have hatched this plan.  Images of starving children come to mind.  Better to give them all 30 grains of rice per day than to give some kids 60 grains of rice and others, none (or eat less ourselves and make sure that ALL the children get at least 60 grains of rice). At least most of them won’t die. Of art starvation.  Or will they?

At least the LAUSD can say they did something.  Even if that something was half-baked.

Remember, Penny and I were giving weekly art classes all year long in a 4th grade room at a public elementary school for free and were told there was no longer time for us to come in as they would be devoting our “art time” to preparing for standardized testing. It still pisses me off when I think about it.  I just try not to.

An interesting study regarding soccer titled “Action bias among elite soccer goalkeepers: The case of penalty kicks” explores the emotional reactions to action vs. inaction.

Tanabata was yesterday.  I wished for more and better art in public schools.

I almost deleted this blog…but for some reason I haven’t. So far…

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