I am dealing with a dilemna similar to this - yet I am not so sure my job is in jeopardy. I am a fairly new teacher - This is the end of my second year of teaching. I work for a charter high school where it is run by the administration and the teachers. It is a wonderful school, yet there is far more job duties we do than the normal school. I have just been told that next year our enrollment is down by two classes. The department chair and I have been restructuring our program so that it is more standards based, where before it far easier to pass, now it is far more challenging. I have started to doubt my ideas, I have also believed that art is hard work to reach quality and I have tried to instill this idea into my students. Unfortunately, I know that this differs with their ideas of "I will take this class because it will be fun and easy." The school has just adopted a mentality of car!
eer paths and sophmores need to choose one or create their own. The department chair and I have been attributing the loss in student enrollment partially to this, although my photo class has not dropped its enrollment in the same manner. I am starting to doubt the rigor of my class standards, yet in my heart I know that what I cover is important and the way to offer the best education to my students. Where is the balance? How do I compete with easier class offerings, that are not my department? Should I be questioning this, I am an art teacher, and I probably will be a horrible english or math teacher, yet this may be what I have to teach if my numbers don't go up. Do any other teachers out there, have the same quandary. What have been your solutions?
Tina in San Diego