How important are the arts in the education of your child?
Here are three revealing quotations.
“When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the areas of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his experience. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. For art establishes the basic human truths which must serve as the touchstones of our judgment. The artist… faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an offensive state.”
– John F. Kennedy (Read HERE.)
“It’s fascinating to me that some of the pushback is coming from, sort of, white suburban moms who – all of a sudden – their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were, and that’s pretty scary. You’ve bet your house and where you live and everything on, ‘My child’s going to be prepared.’ That can be a punch in the gut.”
– Arne Duncan (Read HERE as Duncan supports CCSS and high stakes testing.)
“The new standards envision elementary students, whose reading typically tilts toward fiction, reading equally from literature and informational text. By high school, literature should represent only 30 percent of their readings; 70 percent should be informational. “
– Education Week summarizes the thousand page documents of Common Core State Standards. (Read HERE.)
Parents must speak truth to power. Parents and teachers know that there is a vast difference between mere training and meeting the needs of children via true education. The arts are vital to true education. Our children should never suffer as school-age guinea pigs for billionaires and multinational mega-corporations making immense profits from education tax dollars. The Corporate Education Industrial Complex must be shut down, and every parent realizes this at some level of their being.
Do whatever you can locally to stop the highly financially profitable high stakes testing in your area that fails children, teachers and schools. Enough is enough.
Legally refuse high stakes testing for your child. (Read HERE.)