Re: State of the Fine Arts
Posted by Blackhorn on 2/4/2020, 12:37 pm, in reply to "State of the Fine Arts"
When the school year started, the schedule didn't even have any 6th grade beginner classes. MS has regular reading and writing classes, and additional labs for lower scoring kids because they're trying to improve ratings. Not all kids have to do the labs, but I have a few students who do the labs and still get pulled out of band two days a week to get extra, extra help. |
Not as related to ratings, but still an issue with schools chasing numbers and dollars, college courses, nursing programs, CTE, and CJ, there is no room for some students to take band, applied music, ensemble, jazz band, etc. That may change as the program establishes and builds (my first year here), but it's definitely not guaranteed especially with counselors and admin pushing students and parents to sign up for courses that earn the school more points and grant money.
It's a shame that there is no push for fine arts like there is for other disciplines. The system is geared against us, barely acknowledges us. Reason and logic (STEM, CTE, etc) are necessary to maintain life, but emotion and passion (the Arts) are what make life worth living. The two hemispheres need balanced representation in education and the means through which we measure progress.