This conversation couldn't come at a better time for me, too. I am in
the process of deciding whether or not to take a sabbatical next year and
work on MFA at local University, because I am tired of the same kind of
things you all express. For me, I believe part of it is age. I am 47, have 2
teenage kids, a husband who is also a teacher and a busy life. I am having a
hard time juggling it all even after 22 years. I am sick to death of all the
School Improvement paperwork, goals and benchmarks data, NCA committees,etc.
I want to make art and teach kids. Period.
But on the other hand, I can't even think of working at another job! I love
my freedom, my messy room and desk, my terribly needy kids and even the
continual classroom management quest.(most days) And the art they produce!
WOW! I guess it's a priorities issue just like everything else in this life.
In my opinion, we art teachers are a rare and special breed. The ultimate
challenge is not to become extinct. We each must find ways to keep from being
sucked dry and from giving out all of our creative energies. We are the most
resourceful people on earth!
Marcia in IL