I guess I'm on a roll tonight, but this is another thing I have to respond
I try very hard not to be critical of fellow professionals but I have too
much evidence of guidance counselors telling kids not to take art.
It's been a battle for a long time and I HAVE HAD confrontations , but it
This year I had a student that wan't to drop a language level 5 class in
order to take another art class. We have a policy of students carrying 5
majors. She was told by the counselor that she couldn't drop the language
because AP ART DID NOT COUNT AS A MAJOR SUBJECT
I also have middle school counselors telling students NOT to take art
because it's too hard.
Last year when I had my 8th grade orientation for course selection. I
commented to the parents on all I had heard about guidance steering kids
away from art and told the parents that if they want their kid to have art
to demand it. Boy did I get a confrontation. But I don't care. I just told
them how inappropriate I felt their suggestions were.
As far as guidance wanting kids to leave my class to see them. I just don't
give the pass. The kids don't want to go, so they don't go.
I have the same problem with administration, they want to take the
discipline problems from my class. I ain't got no discipline problems!!!
RIGHT ON, KEN!!!!! I agree with you. I have had them do the same thing to
my students...telling them they need to take something else other than
art...because it will look better on their transcript!