At the risk of sounding like I am whining, I have
noticed that the students who choose to go into
elementary education and K-12 art education are
usually not the top students academically. I could be
more specific but I won't elaborate. I have been
teaching at the university level for over 25 years and
the situation is getting worse all the time.
Unfortunately, it appears that the profession of
education does not attract the most academically
talented students, in general. I suspect it might
have something to do with the perceived working
conditions, lack of professional esteem, low salaries
and other negative perceptions of the field. A
recent survey that indicated why teachers only stay in
the field an average of 5 years, attributed it to poor
Those of us who have stayed in education do so because
we love it and we tolerate the conditions.
So as a university teacher educator, I try to help my
students improve. I take them where they are and help
them move as far as they can.
I hope this helps explain the situation, at least to
some degree and from my perspective.
--- Rick Larson <email@example.com> wrote:
> Patty, I have to agree- Having taught a methods
> class at the college level,
> I was amazed at the ed majors that couldn't spell.
> The more confusing
> thing, to me was, when I marked them down for not
> being able to write a
> coherent and grammatically correct sentence ( in
> which one didn't know the
> difference between 'learn' and 'teach',) they
> couldn't believe that I would
> do that, and went to the dean about it. I got the
> impression that they just
> didn't think that anything about art was important,
> and I couldn't believe they were going to be
> graduating in the field of
> education. There is a complete lack of
> understanding of the role of the
> arts for the majority of educators. NAEA could be
> promoting and supporting
> educational initiatives for universities to make
> sure that all those going
> into the field of education understand this critical
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Patricia Knott" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
> Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 6:37 PM
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] NAEA(
> teacherartexchange digest: June 16,
> >I think all of us that teach within the "system"
> understand what San D
> >says. Those of us that are "elders" within the
> system give graciously
> >to the young ones coming in to tackle the nuts and
> bolts of the
> >requirements to meeting the demands of obtaining
> and securing a tenured
> >contracted position.
> > But
> > Having just gone through the hiring process, and
> I'm not done with that
> > yet, I have to wonder what is going on in the
> University process???????
> > Over 200 applications for a position and I have
> eliminated at least 50%
> > for careless errors. So think about that, I'm
> not even looking at what
> > you think because, if you can't take the time to
> make proper entries on
> > a form.... What kind of teacher will you be if
> you can't take the time
> > to make sure you are correct?
> > Nothing about art ed philosophy means anything if
> you can't spell!!!!!!!!
> > and I mean that -- I eliminate for spelling
> > I am totally at odds with interviews where
> candidates can't answer
> > questions about current "isms"
> > What is going on between what is happening in our
> public schools and what
> > is happening in the universities? Doesn't seem to
> me that there is a
> > good mesh between what I am looking for and what
> is being produced.
> > Just what is going on in the colleges and how much
> are you looking to
> > what is going on in the schools?
> > And why is there not better dialogue between the
> >> Re: NAEA publications:
> >> I have never regarded any of the publications as
> "rules" or "guidelines"
> >> but
> >> "theories". And like all theories, some have
> application and others
> >> don't. I
> >> read them all, they are food for thought, and
> agree with some, find
> >> others
> >> not applicable. I understand the need to publish
> attached with our
> >> professional organization, and the publications
> should not be "how to
> >> primers" but more about ideas and contemporary
> research in art
> >> education.
> >> This list, our local associations and other books
> like those from Helen
> >> Hume
> >> provide the hands on information that we, in the
> classroom, can actually
> >> use.
> >> As for swapping with an art education
> professional (Professor) at a
> >> university, count me out. I have honed what I do
> to a fine art, and
> >> wouldn't
> >> want to start from scratch. When I retire in 2
> years, I plan to become a
> >> weaver, not a college professor. Of course I
> offer mentoring services to
> >> anyone who is yearning to teach on the high
> school level ;-)
> >> San D
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Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Associate Professor of Art Education
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Department of Visual Arts
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204