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Re: private vs. Public schools?

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John & Sandra Barrick (astroboy)
Thu, 04 Feb 1999 00:06:06 -0500

Well I did it for 2 years- Free. People always want art teachers
free! In other words they don't have a budget for specialty teachers
unless a prep school or the like, but they will gladly accept free
resource people. I didn't have a room so it was on a cart. I had 200
dollars for the whole year and I had to rent DBAE boxes from our
local art lit.(30$ a box X 6 boxes) because we were a private school
(Lutheran). I loved it and the kids loved it, I was able to bring my
toddler at the time in the class. The kids loved him. I had 18
parent volunteers to help me with preparation and in production. I
shared the 3rd grade closet and had to use plastic tubs for sinks.
On the very plus side- The children were very respectful, no
no attitude or back talk and they were extremely appreciative. The
only other time they did art was with their own teacher. The staff
would sit in to learn more but I said they could break. Oh the
younger grades were about 20-25 children and the older ones were
10-15 per combined class in grades 4-8th. Total kids were about 170.
I had them for 45 min-hour but the teachers requested an hour and a
half the second year.
Now some of the prestigious schools are very hard to get in. I've
worked in museums but the hours really very and the pay is okay. I'd
rather not be paid as much and live in harmony than to fight through
a day in the "Civilized world". Somehow knowing that the kids
realize the principal will call their parents or the teacher will
reprimand them always seems to keep them respectful- Oh yes I have
seen updates on the phone if someone is sluggish in the spring or
needs work on his organization of homework etc. When you are in a
small environment it's so much easier to control it. You also have
older children as the mentors for the younger ones and are usually
paired to one at chapel.
I grew up going to private schools that had art teachers and in Ny
we went to the Metropolitan for art twice a week just to sketch and
look at the work.( hey it was a nickel)I'll probably try it again as
soon as my youngest is school age- but it's not something you can
live on.