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This is an interesting subject and I will have to be brief because of
time restraints - but I did feel looked down upon in college - the purely
studio students, at times, gave the feeling of superiority --- but the
professors were the worst offenders - I felt that the studio professors
did not feel the need to "waist" time with art ed majors - insofar as
they might give extra "tutoring" or conversation to advise an art ed
student. Even during critiques, less was said about the work of the art
ed students. I also feel that the art ed deptartment professors were
respected by the university administration - this was obvious from many
comments from conversations I had with the art ed profs. at the
university I attended - and the art ed dept. there was one of the best
in our state --
Now in the work-world of the art educator -- I feel looked down upon at
times by professional artists and craftsmen which I come in contact with
in our community and across our state. Also, museum staff at times give
a hint of superiority - and many, many of them are my friends - it is
I think that a large reason for this feeling of superiority stems from
the concept that "Those who CAN, don't teach and those who CAN'T teach"
Hope all this makes sense, I am in a hurry to reply, sorry.