In answer from a veteran art teacher, yes, lay-offs are cyclical! They are
at the whims of educational movements (back-to-basics), budget crisis's and
now, low school performance scores. I don't want to provoke an argument
about how to survive this periodic major disruption of one's life; I can
only speak to my personal solution.
I got very tired of the insecurity, and as a single woman, I needed SOME
financial security, even if it meant teaching another subject area. I
supplemented my art credentials with authorizations in social studies.
While I was at it, I also got a multiple subjects authorization. Now, at
least, they can't lay me off, but they can make me teach something brand
just my 2 cents worth
From: Occasm@aol.com [mailto:Occasm@aol.com]
Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2003 5:24 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: getting pinked
As a first year teacher who entered this profession for many reasons with
one being more security than the advertising business I left, I'm pretty
concerned about this talk. I too am in jeapordy this year because I am next
to the last hired. I spent 15 years in a merit based system and the idea
that my hire date and time means more than my work is a tough pill to
I want to ask all on the list who are veteran teachers if this is a
cyclical thing that comes around every once in while or is this really the
life of an art teacher--living on the edge from year to year? Damn these
politicians who waste so much money and then cut education.
Has anything in the past been effective in lessening the effect of
these educational cuts?
pj Gelinas Jr. High
setauket, L.I, ny ---