Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Kansas Graduation Requirements Task Force

The Kansas Graduation Requirements Task Force is currently seeking stakeholder feedback. One of the considerations is to reduce the fine arts credit. All stakeholders are encouraged to fill out the feedback form that can be found here:

The survey will close April 15th so please do not delay!

Scroll down to the questions about if you think any courses should be added or dropped from the requirements. If you can think of classes you think are needed to be added to the graduation requirements, write those in. If you want to oppose the fine arts reduction or elimination, write that specifically.

The market value assets question, addresses skills needed for employment. We argue the arts build these skills. Arts are what make us human, what connects us all together.

The task force is reviewing what Kansas students need to receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for their next phase of life, not just college. Some case studies argued that PE and Fine Arts Credits hold them back from taking advanced classes, when in all actuality, the fine arts develop many 21st century skills which are important for all walks of life.

Photo of Katie and Elizabeth smiling in front of their presentation.
The embedded slides below show the presentation that KAEA president, Elizabeth Madden, and board member Katie Morris presented to the task force on March 31st, the last day of Youth Art Month.

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