The arts are an important part of a well-rounded education for all students. All of the arts – dance, music, theatre [sic], and the visual arts – are essential to preparing our nation’s young people for a global economy fueled by innovation and creativity and for a social discourse that demands communication in images and sound as well as in text.
The are the words of Mr. Duncan, the man in charge of education here in the States, from Homeroom, the official blog of the US DOE.
Homerooms, by the way, are disappearing--in our quest for über efficiency, we no longer have 10 minutes to spare each morning taking attendance, making classroom announcements, saying hello to each and every one of our students as they come in to the building.
Mechanicsburg Area Senior High School in Pennsylvania lost theirs just this year:
And to be fair, if Arne's right, if the purpose of public education is to prepare young adults for the global economy where efficiency and standardization matter more than what matters at home, homeroom is a colossal waste of precious minutes.Principal Dave Harris said the decision to eliminate homeroom gives the district a chance to add a minute daily to each instructional period.
Frederick Winslow Taylor would be proud.
Thankfully, the Edumacator in Chief has found a loophole for art, the same one he uses for science. We teach it because it helps sustain his twisted worldview, where some abstract ideal of global trumps human.
Without art, without science, we lose a part of being human,
Without human, we lose the point of both.
Yes, Arne spelled "theater" with his pinky fully extended. What an arse.
She says she says this in jest. I hope so. We need her brazenness back in the classroom.