The Answer Sheet: art teachers


Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 10/13/2009

Art Expert: The Problem With School Art Programs Are Teachers Who "Can Barely Draw"

By David C. Levy ..."There is another reason why the arts, and visual arts in particular, are an endangered species in American K – 12 education. It has been my observation that primary and secondary school art teachers rank very low on the continuum of professional respect among their peers. And I would posit as a significant cause that they have generally not achieved a sufficient level of skill in their discipline to deserve that respect. For example, while English teachers may not be able to write The Great American Novel, the chances are pretty good that they can compose a competent essay. But many art teachers can barely draw!"

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:30 PM ET, 10/13/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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