Thursday, February 4, 2010

Stand up for Art

(Image by Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)

I love this wonderful image of a Los Angeles art teacher, speaking to the L.A. Council, asking not to cut Arts funding.

Bless those among us who go the distance. Who stand up and be counted. Who fight the good fight.

I am the wife of an elementary school teacher and I wonder daily, who are the powers that be, that have decided that Art and Music are expendable in our schools? Who are these misguided people? How do they not understand that Art and Music are an integral part of learning? That not only do they enhance learning, they may be the breakthrough that many children need. (Instead of the idiotic and strenuously stupid, scripted teaching and teaching to the Standardized test mentality, that rules the day at the moment.)

ARGH! I could rant forever on this one.

Stepping down from my soap box and celebrating this glorious teacher (and her miles of style! wow!) today.

Los Angeles spares city arts funding


  1. She has some serious style. :) And I respect her courage. As someone who practically threw up before she had to give a book report, I cannot imagine her bravery! As for art & music, well, I was in band and orchestra from 6th grade on. Art has always been a part of my life and my schooling. My youngest, Lucas, is in band. I would be very sad if these opportunities were taken from kids. They are so important. Move over, I need to get on your soapbox with you! LOL!!! xoxox
    PS We are getting slammed with a ton of snow tomorrow - I'm coming over to YOUR house! :)

  2. Hi Pam!
    Isn't she wonderful?! How much fun and exciting and inspiring, she must be as a teacher!
    Were we separated at birth?! I used to make myself sick so that I could get out of oral reports.
    Off to visit you on your blog! :

  3. It's good to see teachers speaking up for art, music, etc. And it's good that you speak up as well. I hope that others are listening.

  4. Hi Becky!
    I got felled by a headache and am only seeing your comment now, sorry! Thanks so much for your comment, I hope you're feeling better.
    Yes! I sure hope others are listening as well. The state of public education is so dire now and I fear, woefully on the wrong track. WAH!