Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Still Life- Grade 2

I sure miss teaching the little ones at Muhlenberg Elementary School. It's really sad that Allentown school children see a certified art teacher only once, sometimes twice a week for only 9 weeks of the school year. Art is essential to the school curriculum. Art is essential to being human. We must restore the arts to the ASD, and not just because it helps children do better on reading and math tests, but because art is an important subject area in itself. It brings joy to young children, and helps them become happy, creative, caring people.

Our cash- strapped school district just hired a new administrator, a public relations director, at a salary of 88k per year. This person has no background in education and does not work directly with children. Wouldn't this money be better spent on improving the lives of our students through meaningful programs like art, music, physical education, or library science? These programs make our district attractive to parents. If we restored our programs, then we would not need a spin doctor to make it appear that our district provides a quality education. School has become a test prep factory/worksheet distribution center. Worksheets end up in the garbage, art work gets framed and saved for a lifetime.

Parents, it's up to you to do something. I don't know how much longer I will stay committed to improving a district that continually cuts programs, and does not put well being of children first. My child, and all ASD children deserve better. Children are more than test scores and data points.

2 comments:

Bill Villa said...

Mrs. Dottie, do we know which ASD Bored Members voted in favor of the $88k per year P.R. Director? Good info to remember next election.

Mrs. Dottie said...

I believe Gerlach, Jackson, Smith were ones who voted against the PR director.

Our school board should be demanding full restoration of specials, and social studies. These subjects should be mandatory. The narrowing of curriculum to focus on test prep is educational malpractice. Our kids are being robbed of a well rounded schooling. We would not need a PR director if these programs were restored and the district became more appealing to parents. Test scores do not equate with real learning.