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Re: "sob story" and the union

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Thu, 29 Jul 1999 16:21:10 EDT

Bunki, your posting of the "sob story" is a pointed description of what
goes on far too often to new, young art teachers, and to some of us
"veterans" as well. And Matthew's point about it being brought up to the
teacher's union or association is just about right on target. I would add
only one more suggestion to Matthew's: Art teachers themselves must play an
active role in the NEA/AFT or whatever form their local bargaining
association takes.
Fifteen years ago, when I first started teaching I, too, was traveling
among several schools. Trying to meet the expectations of 2, 3 or 5
principals and the art department coordinator, as well, was a nearly
impossible task. And made even more impossible by my own inexperience and
lack of professional support. I got one principal so angry, she literally
banned me from her school. Of course, she's gone now and I teach full time
in that school.
But, I'm also now president of our local teacher's union. And I can
assure you that administrators are a lot more "sensitive" to the concerns of
art teachers, music teachers and physical education teachers as a result.
Hang in there!

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