Friday, October 17, 2014
WPA Poster: Public School Art
Above: Before Corporate America began weaseling its way into our children's education, we placed a greater emphasis on things like recess, gym, history, and art. In other words, we understood that there's more to life than equations and accounting sheets. Things like recreation, physical fitness, creativity, civic responsibility, and a thorough understanding of our shared heritage, were all considered very important. The WPA poster above was created in Iowa, between 1936 and 1939, and reflects some of these lost values. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
Some interesting articles and reports:
"Report: Art Education Programs on the Decline," Association of American Educators, April 3, 2012
"Childhood Obesity Facts," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, August 13, 2014 ("The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2012.")
"Study Finds Many Colleges Don’t Require Core Subjects Like History, Government," Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2014