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[teacherartexchange] College level/public school dichotomy


Date: Tue Jun 19 2007 - 10:06:47 PDT

>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 two.???????
It's only been 7 years since I was in college for art ed, and even while I
was there I was already asking these kinds of questions. I, too, was
amazed at my classmates in general education classes. Classes that I found
exceedingly dull and watered-down were over their heads. (I often told
people that I felt less intelligent for having actually sat through the
classes.) What is even more depressing is that theoretically, my
university has one of the best (general) ed departments in the state. My
Ed professors were BY FAR the worst teachers I ever had, and at least at my
school, they didn't have a clue about what actually happened in a
classroom. Most of them hadn't been in the classroom in 20 years. Some
hadn't even been a classroom teacher - they went straight into graduate
school, and then straight into college-level teaching. None of them were
excited or passionate about public school teaching. It wasn't until I
student taught that I met anyone who was passionate about actually teaching
art to students, and that was my cooperating teacher - not one of my
There often seems to be a divide between college level and public schools
because even the many of the professors themselves buy into the lack of
respect for K-12 classroom teachers. They view themselves as more
professional, more learned, and more elite. I know my professors would
never have dreamed of collaborating with a mere classroom teacher.

Heather Hayes

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