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Re: People not understanding...

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Daceballos_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Fri Nov 01 2002 - 21:13:35 PST


    Many polititians and the general public at large have not been some of
our large public high schools. They have not seen the deteriorating
facilities, the high percentages of kids living in poverty and with single
parents, the overcrowding. They have not experienced the low reading levels
and test scores, the problems of gangs and school violence. They have not
seen the ethnic and cultural diversity of many classrooms that would
challenge any teacher to build community in it.
    Yet, there are art teachers who are working with these kids, under these
conditions, successfully. Impediments to good art education, yes. But it's
amazing how there are dedicated teachers working day in and day out. On
shoe-string budgets, with little and sometimes no support from the
administration, there are art teachers who are doing really heroic things
with young people. Someday, maybe they will be recognized, maybe not. They
are certainly not being recognized enough for the job they do. It is very
difficult to teach successfully and gain the respect of young people and get
them to work and be creative and grow. I'd like to see some to those
corporate CEO's who make so much money come on down and survive one day in
some of our classrooms in America.
Dennis in Stockton

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