Art for a Few?
Professor Judith Burton said art education for only a few can send the wrong message. Burton witnessed the anger felt by schools excluded from arts funding when she acted as a consultant in Boston and New York City. Rather than privileging a select audience, she said art education should be "a basic provision for all children."
Art magnet schools may seem to send just the opposite message. "Having worked with a number of arts magnet schools, I am not so sure they are viable alternatives to good public schools," she said. "Putting the arts in a magnet school says it is special to some children."
The article, entitled "Principal's Contention is a Magnet for Debate," appeared in the March 27 edition of the St. Petersburg Times.