It was definitely an oversimplification on my part, Deb. The lack of a good art program limits choices to those who want to excel in that area. Yeah, let's add more sports! Then the same kids who play every other sport can tack on another qualification to their resume! Meanwhile, there are no supplies in the art departments, no intensive lessons, and a reputation that says that art will get you nowhere. "Don't take art," they say. "Colleges don't care about art. They recruit team members, not hippies!" I was once told that by a THS staff member. But then again, this is the school that once told me that joining the army would be more fulfilling than going to college.
Those who want to excel in art end up apathetic in it by graduation; after all, if no one else cares about art, why should they? The coaches/teachers act as if sports takes precedence over their classes--this is why I and the rest of my class nearly failed Algebra. We used to be able to get out of classes for team pep rallies; only toward the end of my high school career did they decide to include the arts, but it seemed merely an afterthought: "Oh by the way... here'sthedramacrew. Okay, you can go back to class." The music department indeed gets some recognition, and the drama department does a fantastic job year after year. Forensics is almost nearly ignored by everyone but those who take part in it; student art nights are poorly attended. I recall that students created a force that finally
let to arts students being able to letter in their activity! (That was a long time coming.) Sports extracurriculars outnumber those that are not! With the range of activities kids could participate in, why aren't there more choices? That's right--sports is always more important!™
But why add more teams and more sports when the art department is in dire need of attention?
Baby: It was required because you were in school to learn, not to run laps. There is a reason that the elective requirement is higher than the phys. ed. requirement.
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