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I have been a subscriber to the list for several weeks now. My participation
has been limited - but I read every message. I am a very early riser and
often when I enter my e-mail and see 100+ messages I think I must
unsubscribe from the list. But then there is always something from someone
that I find useful and I say to myself that I will stay for another day at
I, like many of you, am suffering from burnout. I am only a teacher for a
few years (after 20 some working as a designer in business.) I love the
classroom but hate the "other stuff." I am convinced that the system is
designed to promote mediocrity and that emphasis on creative and critical
thinking is only words on a page. I think you all should know, as art
teachers, you are doing all the right things; all the things the current
educational jargon calls for, the things the rest "don't get"; the things we
have always done and the rest could learn from. Portfolios. multi-cultural,
interdisciplinary, varied assessments - haven't we ALWAYS done this? And
yet, we are always at the bottom of the list for money and consideration.
Yesterday I went to my principal with a complete proposal for a sculpture
garden. He told me to "curb" my enthusiasm.
I have had enough. In all my years in business I have never been treated
with less respect than I have in my few years as a teacher. I am one of the
"good ones" leaving and it is mostly because I see such lack of common
yesterday, Several graduates came back to see me and affirmed that what I do
is right. And thanked me for giving them knowledge and appreciation that
they see lacking in their college classmates. It makes me want to go on.
On this Thanksgiving day, I am grateful that I teach and all you are out
there trying to do the same, even with all the B.S.
I enjoy this list and will remain a participant.
Hoping you all have the much deserved break this holiday affords us
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