During these time of such high-stakes testing, we need to explore new and innovative ways to make sure the arts does not get beaten back, but brought to the forefront.
Who is going to be the first to have the guts to try it? Not just we teachers in the classrooms, but administrators and politicians. I’ve heard from so many admins who truly believe in the value of arts’ ed. They applaud it, encourage it but there is road block to why the arts continues to take second stage…
The problem – high stakes testing, the need for immediate results, more and more of the curriculum being tested
But the arts don’t give immediate results. Actually, that is the point of it. Therein lies the beauty of arts education: preparation, hard work, creation, sharing and fulfillment – a process by which fully capable individuals and team players are made.