Put Orwellian thoughts aside...education is changing and there will always be a need for professional educators in all fields. The role may change. But we should embrace change and not fear it. With technology, art educators have the opportunity to meet the needs of many more people. The options for collaboration would be much greater. Recently I read something Plato wrote. He was worried that the recently created technology called the "book" would put teachers in danger and education in jeopardy. He was referring to hand written books. As you can see handwritten and even mass produced books have not put educators out of business. Our roles have changed throughout the years. Art educators must jump in and find out how they can play a part in this changing environment...1984 was 22 years ago...it hasn't happened yet...
>I would like to add to the discussion about the online course. The original
>poster stated they were a bit worried about their full time job (if I
>remember correctly), and that the graphics course didn't run because of low
>enrollment, so she will be teaching one less courses.
>After your course is developed, why wouldn't your board of ed (or
>administration) suggest that all appropriate courses be developed online and
>then remove the arts specialist? (i.e. Art Appreciation or Art History).
>Many states only require their students to have 1 year of fine, practical or
>performing art to graduate HS. I can forsee a time where students would be
>able to take their 'arts' elective online thus saving the school district
>money on the specialist in terms of salary and benefits.
>Just my Orwellian thought for the day.
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