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Types of experience

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Betty Bowen (
Mon, 1 Nov 1999 17:34:29 -0600

> I am one of "those" teachers you described, who got certified by excet
>test. I take offense to the implication that we haven't "paid our dues"
> in getting a fine arts degree.

While that comment hurt my feeling too, it's important to remember that this
"quality of experience" topic is a routinely recurring subject on this
list - the most interesting thing about it is that it seems to work in all
directions -

The original poster (not the message above) is an experienced degreed
certified teacher who wants to find a way to begin to teach art.

Many of us have gotten the same "you've got to pay your dues" "what makes
you think you're qualified" remarks because we have MFA's and no education me. (with frequent comments on how "artists can't teach art" -
that sort of thing.)

Then those of us with MFA's point to, say, encountering an education-degreed
art teacher who had to ask us how to mix orange at a workshop (a true
story), or other dramatic examples of an astonishing lack of depth in SOME
art teacher's visual arts and art history knowledge. Even with art ed
degrees and lots of "dues paying".

Neither of these positions is helpful.

This is the thing that has surprised me the most in my process of finally
being allowed to enter the teaching field. I really didn't expect to find
this sort of prejudice and division within the profession - or myself.
We can't afford this at a time in our country's history when the arts are
under siege in so many ways. There is supposedly an art teacher shortage.
But if somebody is interested in teaching art, help then (us) find ways to
learn how to do that WELL, please don't just say - "you're experience isn't
exactly like mine, therefore you can't possibly be any good at this."


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