Month: March 2016

NAEA: Teacher Authority

I would like to say thank you to this fellow educator and blogger for attending my session today and giving such an insightful response. His blog is great by the way, so give it a follow if you are into Are Education. Here is his response.


Justin Clumpner presented some valuable perspective in his well-attended, standing-room-only, 8 a.m. presentation. I suspect so many were interested in what he had to say because of the subversive way he described his content. The title of the session was “Art Education Without Authority.” The description emphasizes turning control over to students. And the packet he provided was titled “Art Insubordination.”

Nevertheless, the specific recommendations he made were actually best practices in disguise. I suppose I should be concerned that some attendees only heard the words, and not the meaning, so let me translate a few of the things he said into what I heard.

He said, Reduce Requirements. I heard, design assignments to be more meaningful and promote success for all students. He encouraged moving away from over-structured assignments like drawing realistic self portraits, to more flexible assignments that honor the nature of art and creative self expression…

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