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> > 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
> "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
> degree...like me. (with frequent comments on how "artists can't teach
> that sort of thing.)
> Then those of us with MFA's point to, say, encountering an
> 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
> exactly like mine, therefore you can't possibly be any good at this."