Canary Islands Drawing teachers are also mobilized

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

First there were the professors of Geography and History in defense of the
Canarian contents in the classrooms of the islands and now they are drawing.

A group of teachers is collecting signatures on a manifesto in which they denounce the
«I veto the arts in the classrooms of the Canary Islands»while announcing mobilizations.

The manifest says this:

«The progressive disappearance of artistic studies in the Archipelago, a great cause for concern for drawing teachers due to the veto of the arts in the classrooms of the Canary Islands

With this manifesto, which comes from the
generalized discontent among drawing teachers in the Canary Islands, we announce the mobilization of this group in this and subsequent actions so that our voice is heard in the Canary Islands Ministry of Education and rectify its course. We ask all those associations, movements, personalities, etc., who support the arts as a fundamental part of education and so wish, to show their support for this manifesto.

We warn about the intention of the Government of the Canary Islands to downplay and make artistic studies disappear from teaching in the educational centers of the islands, both in Compulsory Secondary Education (ESO), and in artistic and humanities high schools, as well as in the Teaching Centers for Adult People.

In the draft of the new educational curriculum published by the Ministry of Education
teaching hours are reduced to artistic subjectsand these go from being common for all students to being optional, which highlights the null importance that the Ministry of Education gives to artistic education in its new plans.

Regarding artistic education, Visual and Audiovisual Plastic Education ceases to be a common subject for all ESO students and is relegated to the optional ones, in addition, the Communicative and Creative Practices subject disappears, thus losing an entire year of training, in which two hours a week were dedicated to artistic practices taught jointly by the language and music teachers in the first year of ESO, and by the language and drawing teachers in the second year.

The fact that artistic subjects are optional in ESO could lead to students arriving at high school having studied only three hours per week of Plastic, Visual and Audiovisual Education in the first cycle of ESO, and none in the second cycle. , with the detriment that

it supposes for their possibilities of success in the baccalaureate of Arts, in the General or in the one of sciences and technology.

The importance of these subjects is highlighted, as they make it possible to link artistic creation with the emotional component, which has made it possible for students to learn to communicate through the arts and to integrate creative thinking into all aspects of their intellectual activity, including others, scientific or technological.

Royal Decree 217/2022 makes it possible for one of the electives to be configured as a Monographic Work, without necessarily imposing it, for this reason we propose that instead a
optional subject complementary to the optional Artistic Expressionwith the aim of training students in the most technical aspects of visual language, which are absolutely necessary, especially in science and technology and arts high schools, without forgetting future vocational training, architecture, or design, both graphic and industrial.

As for high school studies, the situation outlined in the draft of the new curriculum is also alarming, since in the arts high school the presence and relative weight of Audiovisual Culture and Artistic Foundations subjects, now compulsory and with two courses of duration, which would be taught optionally and only for one year.

In the same way, although the optional Cultural and Artistic Movements is included in the general baccalaureate,
in the baccalaureate of humanities Artistic Drawing is eliminated in its two years of studies. Likewise, Audiovisual Culture is degraded, by ceasing to include it among the subjects of the Baccalaureate that can be evaluated in the Access to the University (EBAU).

The situation of Basic Education for Adults, taught in adult centers (CEPA) is also greatly affected, since in the "Draft Regulatory Order of Basic Education for Adults" of the Canary Islands, they are eliminated from the "Scope Social» artistic content: plastic expression and music, so that students will be absolutely deprived of receiving training in these aspects, as they are absent from the curriculum from now on.

According to the recent Royal Decree 217/2022, on the organization and minimum teaching of Compulsory Secondary Education, it is the power of the Autonomous Communities to add the basic aspects of the minimum teaching of these subjects, since they have forty percent of the curriculum to integrate them. (third additional provision, point 3. in relation to art. 13.3), thus ensuring students a comprehensive and quality education, taught by expert teachers in the subjects that are eliminated with respect to the current curriculum.

When designing the new curricula, the Ministry of Education of the Government of the Canary Islands should consult the teachers who will teach artistic education in ESO, in high school and in Adult Education, since they are the true experts in the field, and who have been and continue to be willing to contribute their knowledge and experience for the benefit of educational quality in our field of action.

We believe that marginalizing artistic studies in the 21st century is a clear setback that recalls the teachings of the last century, where only written expression and mathematics were encouraged, since, in the current labor market, and even more so in the future, it will be required to know how to work in a team, be creative and use divergent and autonomous thinking, all of which are skills that are developed through artistic education more than any other. To the above is added that, in adult students, artistic education contributes to the promotion of their mental balance, the reduction of absenteeism and the reinforcement of their self-esteem.

According to UNESCO, “art nurtures creativity, innovation and cultural diversity, and plays an important role in sharing knowledge and fostering dialogue” […] "By fostering the development of art, you foster the means through which to achieve a freer and more peaceful world."

We consider it essential that the Canarian Ministry of Education adopt an avant-garde vision in the educational field, applying point 8 of the LOMLOE, which it indicates as one of the ten "challenges of the Spanish educational system" [el] «increase STEAM vocations especially in girls» (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, Maths),
avoiding perpetuating the hierarchy of disciplines and knowledgeand along the lines of grouping the fields of knowledge into a single area, defined by the acronym STEAM, including and promoting the presence of the arts in the curriculum of all teaching«.

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