If it is ANY consolation to you, I also feel like I have been kicked
in the groin and hit over the head with the same frying pan just hearing
your story. We are all one here, whether we teach in public or private,
wealthy or poor school. It is the children of the world we are talking
about. How can we totally GET IT, and have to work in the vicinity of
those who have the power and are so stupid or worse yet, be controlled
by them at times? I'm sorry that you had to experience such hurtful and
frustrating words at the beginning of your new exciting school year.
All you can do is keep believing in yourself and keep doing what you do
for the students you teach who DO get it! And if we advocate our
programs parents get it.
It's all just so exhausting, though, isn't it? I'll be thinking good
thoughts for you. Get your parents involved this year in some way if
you can. In my school we have tons of parent support in the arts. Get
them into your classroom to help out at times. Let them see up close
and personal what art is REALLY like for their children. WOrd gets
around. They can really help you if you need it and you let them.
Visit our student's web art gallery at St.John's School
click on "Stories of SJS," click on "Arts Stories," click on Linda
Woods' name. View artwork by Lower, and Middle School students as well
as our art archives.