Artcrimes

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I always get goosebumps when I hear that line from the song “Summertime”…….www.youtube.com/watch?v=XivELBdxVRM
and I am sitting here humming the tune and thinking about a very lovely summer term with so many interesting things that happened to me. I will just write about two at the moment, more later.

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Watch this space!

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This might be the last blog that I ever write.

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I have never seen my art teachers so tired by the way, and it isn’t because of the teaching of the subject. It is because of the constant demands on them for data crunching, marking, proving progress, justifying why pupil A (I’m not even sure kids have names anymore by the way) isn’t on target for a GCSE grade that a software programme invents for them and which doesn’t relate to their ability in the subject, attending meetings and insets which sometimes ask teachers to apply generic approaches to their own subjetcts- many of which simply don’t work. Purple pens and green pens and orange and yellow highlighters and “verbal feedback” stamps and post it notes cluttering up desks and headspace. Observations, observations, observations. Who gets time to teach these days?

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So, let’s continue to act as the moral compass. Let’s stand by our own beliefs. Let’s work together to make a difference. Let us showcase and celebrate the schools and head teachers who continue to promote and value the Arts and ask them to share this publicly. We send young people to school, all of them different. Let them be different. Let them be themselves. William Blake “How can a bird that is born for joy, sit in a cage and sing…? “

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