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Re: More on elementary generalists and art specialists

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.edu)
Tue, 21 Jan 1997 18:05:19 -0800 (PST)


Wow Elizabeth, good thoughts and if everyone were as committed and
well-informed as you we would be in fat city. You have to understand that
encouraging regular classroom teachers to take over the art role
is directly threatening to the livelihood of art specialists. A
district can just hire a couple of specialists to act as advisors
and eliminate our whole occupation as we know it, consequently we get
a little emotional. I live in rural Nevada and there are 6 one-room
schools in our district. Legislation that insists on specialists to
teach art is a real problem for us here since it means that our elem.
art teachers must spend one or two days a month traveling out to the
one-roomers. It makes much more sense to have an informed reg. teacher.
Still art educators will go on to demand specialists because it preserves
our jobs--and of course we like to think we can do it better. There
are good and bad teachers in all areas, but a good, well-trained and
enthusiastic art specialist is a jewel in the school. Sid

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