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Re: Request for opinions re: Arts Education


Date: Thu Oct 05 2000 - 19:50:56 PDT

I teach both k-6 and 9th grade Studio In art. I have been at my job for 7 yrs
now. I have some faculty members who pay tuition's kids in my classes. They
consistently rank on my work and put my results down, but the parents of all
the kids on open house night wer ein awe of all that I had accomplished with
them, in just 4 wks time. I beleive I have to go with the non-coworker
opinion of me. Sadly, the experience of the majority of my colleagues is that
of mine- people who talk out of both sides of their mouth about the
importance of the arts. Before I had these poeple's klids in my class, I used
to hear how "uncanny" my ability to nail a kid with an assessment of their
skills, difficulties, frame of mind ,e tc was. then their kids dind't get an
"e", and all of a sudden my professionalism and curriuculum are a standing
joke. Unfortunately, I feel that most classroom teachers do not come anywhere
near to staying as current as we have to. i am constantly upgrading my skills
and writing new lessons, not doing the same things every year. To be sure,
there are tested and true lessons, but on just about every grade level I'd
have to say at least a quarter of what I do with themevery year is something
new for me. It makes me feel angry and unappreciated and I know that what I
do has a greater impact on those kids' self worth than what happens in the
regular classroom. I thank God for this list serv because It gives me a daily
shot of courage from my comrades who are in the trenches, realizing that for
many kids , this is the only art education they will ever receive in their
lives. I am supported here and I know I belong, am validated and encouraged
Christine in Binghamton