From Patty and Mary:
There is nothing gained from saying one
level has it harder that the other. I cringe in meetings at school when one
teacher will say oh this subject is more important- ewwwwwwww. Not so! We all
play an important part in children's education. If anything we'll gain more by
supporting each other. Power in numbers.
At the last school council meeting with our old principal, thank Goodness now
gone, she announced to the council that we had to work on the important
subjects like math and science, social studies and literacy. That the
specials would have to fit into what was left.
There were some odd faces at that (the council has always supported the arts
in my school. I wouldn't have stayed if they didn't)
I took umbrage and called a spade a spade and told her she was out of line
and and that art and music were, in some ways, the most important kind of
literacy the children have and without them it was difficult to make sense of
and connections to the rest of the children's world. It shut her up.
Now the new principal has sent me e-mails about the fact that she didn't was
to be out of line, but couldn't we do over the office and the front hall and
make them into a children's art gallery, run by us and a council of children.
She wondered why there were "wet on wet" type paintings in the office and no
children's work. I just said that I was happy for her idea,actually
thrilled by it and was unhappy that the for last two years (other principal),
children's work had been taken down and the other "sofa" artwork put up.
Things might be looking up at my school. I just hope she stays safe on her
hike in Peru and comes back to us to make our school a good place, again.