Stuart Nager, creative drama educator and performer writes in his blog about education reform and out struggling school structure.
Not everything is broken, and there are many amazing teachers, school admin and school communities. On the flip side, there are a lot of things that need shoring up, some complete reforms and overhauls, and more investment in monies and support around the country, on all levels. ALL levels.
There are a variety of reasons that people don’t think arts have any importance in schools. Many do not see it as something to assess (especially drama, which does not always produce a tactile resource for displays, outside of photos or video). There is a gross misconception that the arts have little to no crossover applications to core curricula. The goal of arts in schools is not wasting time, or, as one “teacher” once said to me: “What are you going on about?(Theater)..You are nothing but a prep period to us!”. That individual’s statement is how I feel many see the arts: it’s wasting time, nothing of any real value.