Is the school system "oppressive & repressive?" Can teaching artists help change that?

I just saw this on Twitter:

What do you think about this?  Do you think the system is “oppressive” and “repressive?”  Do you think it can be changed?  What do you think is our role, as artists who teach, to make this change?  Is it our place at at all.
I hope you will join me and other TAG reps at the upcoming 7th Annual Leadership Forum sponsored by the Alameda County Office of Education.  This may just be the place where we can get some answers to these questions.  If we Teaching Artists show up, take our place at the tables, and join these conversations, we just might be able to be part of reforming this system in a way that benefits all of us.
Louise Music, Director of Integrated Learning for the ACOE, writes about this event:

This year ACOE and Region 4 are creating a toolkit to help districts and counties in our region communicate across stakeholder groups about historic changes in public education.  This toolkit will be a foundation for the March 2014 Art IS Education Action Step.  Ray Cagan and the Art IS Education planning committee have chosen the theme “Tell Your Story” for Art IS Education month, so that teachers, parents, students and all arts learning advocates can share and advocate for the essential role of the arts in local accountability plans and the successful implementation of new standards and assessments.

Be part of this important event!



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