CMEA and 4 ArtsEd Orgs Coalition Respond to Columnist’s Comments
CMEA and the 4 ArtsEd Org Coalition, including California Art Education Association, California Dance Education Association, and California Educational Theatre Association, have responded to Huffington Post Columnist John M. Eger for missing the point of the recent Joint Committee of the Arts Oversight Hearing held on Friday, November 6, 2015, in Beverly Hills. The Hearing was convened by State Senator Ben Allen to address the fact that many California school districts are out of compliance with Education Code requiring arts education. Unfortunately, Mr. Eger’s article seems to change the conversation to push for an agenda of arts integration, or STEAM (i.e., Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education, rather than discrete, content-based education in each of the four arts disciplines: Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. The California Education Code is clear that all California students are required to have a course of study that includes discrete arts instruction in grades 1-6 and elective choices in grades 7-12. Read the letter here.