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Go for the new job - new chance to start over and make use of all your
great experience and talent in a new, more positive situation. Don't
take offense at this, but your current position might be better filled
by someone younger, more idealistic, more willing to put up with all the
negative stuff for a chance to "save" inner city kids. I'm sure you care
about them - that's come through in your artsednet messages - but
sometimes when one has been in the same position, especially a
challenging one, for a number of years, they do get hardened to it.
Stuck in a rut. Burned out. Whatever you want to call it. Maybe it is
time to bring in the reinforcements. I've often thought our entire
educational system would be greatly improved if teachers had to chance
change schools or grade levels every 5 years or so - just to have that
opportunity to be fresh and new again (without penalty to tenure or
income level). Good luck in whatever you choose to do.
-- Sandra Hildreth Home Page: http://www.northnet.org/hildreth Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660 School Pages: http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617