After years of having the arts included as a core subject in federal policy, the arts education community is faced with adapting to a new approach to positioning the arts in the curriculum.
Federal policy has not abandoned the arts as a core subject – at least not yet.
But the arts are now clustered within the concept of having a “well-rounded” education (or the well-rounded curriculum).
For U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, a “well-rounded” education or curriculum means that in addition to math, science, and language arts – we need to make sure that students have the arts, foreign language, history and civics, financial literacy, and environmental education.
Recently, Duncan issued guidance to governors in the form of a letter and several white papers to explain how the states can adapt to the economic realities of shrinking budgets without cutting various aspects of education.
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