Sen. King: We don't need no stinking art education: Update | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Sen. King: We don't need no stinking art education: Update

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Sen. Bryan King, R-Green Forest, who wants to arm everyone all the time, including at the altar rail, has thought of a way to provide for target practice time for elementary school children: Cut their art education in half.

His SB 826, which of course is named "An act to provide public school students with additional opportunities to pursue a more rigorous study of visual art or the performing arts," would change Arkansas law to let elementary schools offer 40 minutes of visual arts or performing arts, rather than 40 minutes of both. It doesn't exactly specify that their time could be better spent at target practice; perhaps he's saving that for the next legislative session.

The bill's "more rigorous study" provision is that in either seventh or eighth grade, students will have to "participate" in visual arts or performing arts. What does that mean? Would performing in a school production of "Annie Get Your Gun" meet that requirement?

Waiting for comment from the state Department of Education.

The state department's spokesman, Phyllis Stewart, says the bill's requirement for middle school is less rigorous than what is now required in seventh and eighth grades. Frameworks for those grades require instruction in both visual art and music.

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