I saw this artical posted on ME Arts Ed blog.
I have to agree that art projects that go with what students are learning in the classroom would greatly enhance their learning. However...most teacher actually do feel they have too much content to teach to ever get around to fun complementary projects for their lessons. I'm kind of amazed that the educational chairmen, Barry McGaw, said they don't put too much on them. I'm not in Australia..so I don't know exactly how things work there, but I know in the United States...more and more is being expected out of students & teachers. It seems that by forcing so much information on to students keeps them from mastering anything. How many times have I had teachers tell me...I use to be a fun teacher..I use to do fun projects with my lessons...I use to love doing art type projects with my lessons. However, they can no longer do this! They have too much to cover & not enough time.
There are some things this artical doesn't address...what happens to art teachers? Do they resource the classroom/subject area teachers? Do they still teach their own subject...and just help out with the projects classroom teacher have students create?
I thought this was interesting...how you enjoyed it too. Please share your thoughts!!!