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A Medina High School art teacher is seeking online votes in the
second annual Vision Art Awards, in which she has entered a painting
protesting the state-mandated standardized testing.
Awards, sponsored by 464 Gallery at 464 Amherst St., Buffalo, seeks to
support, encourage and celebrate the work of local and regional artists
through a format that levels the playing field between emerging and
established artists, said art teacher Jen Scott.
painting titled “An Educational Experiment Engineered for Failure” shows
the New York State Education Commissioner John King smiling through a
classroom’s windows, while students are struggling with the influx of
“This painting really protests the
over-reliance on standardized tests and how these tests focus so
narrowly on reading and math skills,” Scott said. “Non-standard
thinkers, like my son Matt, are penalized through these tests.”
most states, including New York, will mandate so-called high-stakes
tests in many subjects at several grade levels, Scott said.
shared a statement from Howard Gardner, professor of Education at
Harvard Graduate School of Education: “We must proceed cautiously before
we place students’ minds and hearts at risk with tests of dubious
quality, whose meaning can be over interpreted and whose consequences
can be devastating. Yes, we need more rigorous academic standards, but
we must also give youngsters models when it comes to developing the most
crucial skills: love of learning, respect for peers and good
citizenship. That is what they will need most to pass the test of life.”
is asking people to vote for her painting by “liking” the 464 Gallery
fan page on Facebook; clicking on the Vision Art Awards photo album; and
clicking “like” on the painting.
opening reception for the art show is scheduled from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept.
13. At this event, the winners of the People’s Choice Awards will be
revealed, as well as the juried selections. In addition, some other
works of note will be featured, as selected by 464 Gallery owner, Marcus