At the school where I teach, we charge fees for all kinds of classes--lab fees for science classes and fees for art classes. Those students "at risk" have their fees waived and can even get free supplies from the student resource center. Unfortunately, I get any students that the counselors need to place in a class. I actually have two visually impaired students in my photography class. One students simply refuses to take pictures because she doesn't want to be assisted in the darkroom and knows she won't be able to see at all in there. I wish I had admission requirements.
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From: nancy kizis
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Sent: Wednesday, February 13, 2002 6:31 PM
Subject: re: fee for art class?
ps.does anyone out there have any admission requirements for entering freshman such as a mini portfolio so the art dept. in the high school can evaluate which class to put them in? we end up with such jokers in the serious classes! the crafts/fibers class and cultural arts are bursting at the seams. we end up with 504 students who have no talent in art 1 because they told their counselor they llike to draw (yeah, right, repeated anime figures over and over for the whole year). they're coming out of our jr. highs where they have been doing "Projects" for 2 yrs.
i am beyond frustrated it's spring and once again i desperately want out of teaching.