Magazine article School Arts

Identity and Ideals Who We Are and What We Hope to Be

Magazine article School Arts

Identity and Ideals Who We Are and What We Hope to Be

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In last May's issue, we invited subscribers to comment on our performance. The response was not overwhelming, but was nevertheless informative and helpful. The survey made us think about who we are and what we hope to be. While most responders gave us consistently very high marks across the board, some pointed out areas that we hope we can improve upon in future issues. And while some readers cautioned that we sometimes get too theoretical and the articles are too wordy, others commented that we were not theoretical enough, and some articles lack adequate depth.

Many readers commented positively on such things as strong and substantive professional support, attentive advocacy for kids' issues, excellent range of ideas, practical applications, good balance among instructional levels, and many opportunities for diverse subject matter.

According to our survey, we can improve the magazine for some readers by better recognizing the contributions of other cultures, being more attentive to worthwhile objectives and evaluative criteria, and being more aware of a range of supply budgets. We are often reminded that most schools have very limited budgets, and our lesson ideas are sometimes too expensive for the typical school budget.

Connecting with other disciplines is another controversial area. While many readers wanted more ideas for connecting to specific disciplines, others thought the interdisciplinary connections in past issues were generally too superficial. Our critics suggested that the authors were working too hard to connect and were missing the point of good interdisciplinary teaching.

Perhaps our most difficult challenge will be to address our readers' concerns that the magazine does not always feature significant, exemplary teaching models. Readers reminded us that, too often, the lessons are superficial and without substance. …

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