zeeshan wrote:“The importance of teaching as a profession has been tragically undervalued and the result will be a diminished American culture, And the place of the arts in the classroom is essential in encouraging invention, ambition, and an understanding of the importance and pleasures of living an examined life.”
Hi zeeshan, I do not live in America I am in the UK but I would say a very similar thing about my world also, except I would ask the question what culture? Is that the same culture that has always been dictated by the haves upon the have not's? The same culture of divide and rule or celebritism, famous for nothing, just because you managed to manipulate yourself onto a platform above others, a stage, a TV screen so as to invade the living rooms of people brainwashed by fakery. I agree that arts are extremely undervalued but then I have a massive problem figuring out what value arts have anyway because it is really the opportunity to be creative that is missing. Then I have another problem what value does a trillion dollars hold for me when all I really want is happiness, contentment, peace...
I will put it this way, everybody teaches themselves really. The only thing any teacher can do at best is help those that want to learn and if that teacher is being paid money to tech then he/she will always be following the agenda of his or her pay master.
No education is neutral.
Creativity should be encouraged and I encourage from my value base which will only be right for some and that is how it should be or follow piper who plays the culture tune.
The risk is great, the decision of course is yours.
My artsy plans are the same as always, produce more, create more ideas, think and be happy doing so for as long as I can because I can.