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Re: High School Counselors

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John R. Tate (Renman1)
Wed, 29 Jan 97 20:55:24 -0500

>I this really not directly an art education question, but then again it is.
>I'm wondering if High School Counselors help or hinder high school
>students? Without venting my frustration in dealing with HS Counselors, I
>found the person I had to deal with very unaware of the path that Fine Art
>students choose to pursue.
>What trainning (if any) do these people have or need to deal with our
>(Visual Art) students? Should students look only to their art teacher for
>suggestions and is this an area (career counseling) that high school art
>teacher are expected to do or do because they are motivated to counsel
>because the Counselors can't.

I have been wondering the same thing for years. It seems at times, given
students of incredible artistic ability, we as art teachers not only have
to fight the parents to make them realise that art can indeed become a
worthwhile career choice, but we also have to train the college guidance
councelors not to dissuade these same students from going for the better
art schools. Time and time again I have found some of my best and
brightest talked into applying only to universities with art programs
rather than the art schools that I am certain they could get into and
would probably love.
I do think that the high school art teacher does have to accept a bit
more responsibility here in terms of guiding students to at least trying
for the better art schools. We have, after all, invested our hearts and
souls into these young people and although we might not be able to know
what is best for them, we, probably more than anyone else, know just how
capable they are artistically.

Interesting topic for discussion
More later

R. Tate
Brien McMahon High School
Norwalk, CT

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