Funding the Arts: A Practice in Research and Synthesis

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I use this particular prompt in teaching bias in writing. The whole prompt and the sources are biased. I have students break-down the directions, then identity the bias in each of the articles (individually or in groups). Next, I take students to the library to find sources that counter or refute the evidence provided. This is an arduous task for most students because all the research shows the value of art education. So, then we re-frame the conversation - it is not about the value of art education but what society at large today seems to value in education: standardized testing. Once this revelation is posited, students then search articles for the validity and cost of standardized assessments in school districts. After the research is complete, students answer the prompt in a more objective way, evaluating all the sources, the evidence and then draw a conclusion on the most important factors to consider when eliminating art programs. When done with scaffolding (and patience) this assignment proves to be invaluable in creating critical thinkers!
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Funding the Arts:  A Practice in Research and Synthesis
Funding the Arts:  A Practice in Research and Synthesis
Funding the Arts:  A Practice in Research and Synthesis
Funding the Arts:  A Practice in Research and Synthesis
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