The Arts can no longer be treated as a frill. Arts education is essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation that will prove critical for young Americans competing in a global economy.”
~ Arne Duncan, US Sect. of Education, April 9, 2010
“If your plan is for one year, plant rice; If your plan is for ten years, plant Trees; If your plan is for a hundred years, educate children.” ~ Confucious
I came across a group of bureaucrats. They were shuffling their feet, either not making eye contact or challenging you to enter their space with Paradigm Shifts, Logical Thought, Examples of Existing Working Systems, and other Methods of Upsetting the Status Quo. These bureaucrats had their force fields up, and invoked their holy mantras to ward me off and keep others away: “We’ve Always Done It This Way! Accept & Conform! Don’t Make Waves!”
So, being fictitious or not, I’m still going to reach out to you and say: Yes, we can make a difference. Yes, we should not give up hope. Yes, it will not be easy. Yes, it will be worth it.
As in a previous post, I’m going to let some sites I found speak for me, and hopefully TO you. After those, you will find links to previous posts of mine. Please don’t think that, with summer vacations coming up, that we should relax in vigilance for saving Education and the Arts (and, hand in hand, Arts-In-Education). This is a continuous and ongoing fight. Yes, it is a fight.