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ERIC Number: EJ939774
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
In My Opinion: Taking It to the Mat
Hallmark, Elizabeth
Teaching Artist Journal, v2 n4 p249-252 2004
In this article, the author talks about a perspective that she has spent years battling against in the American education system. It reflects the strong biases she struggled with as a young student and still struggles with as an adult teacher within the system. Being a practicing artist, she has the opposite point of view about the relevance of teaching aesthetics and making sure children have access to developing the skills that can come through arts in education. Being a Teaching Artist, the author is highly aware of the pressure classroom teachers have with tight schedules and increasing emphasis on student testing. The author examines the implicit question--Why should arts be included during school-time? Like every other field of study, the purpose of teaching the arts in schools is to develop lifelong skills that stretch beyond a particular finished classroom product. Too frequently, adults believe that if a child isn't interested in becoming a painter or a dancer, there is little point in trying to teach these skills. The author stresses that it is challenging to offer a model of resistance to institutional efficiency, to cultivate a seriousness and joy about the arts while working within the constraints of the system. Yet if teaching artists embrace the challenge of being translators in addition to teachers, particularly reaching out to those who do not understand this work's relevance, they will become agents of change.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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