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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #1001

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lindacharlie (lindacharlie)
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 20:39:38 -0500

James Graham Finlay wrote:
> As a preservice art teacher about to enter the profession...I consider myself an artist first and a teacher second. I ... loath the fact that I am oblidged to spend a lot of time away from it. How does an artist manage to juggle responsibilities of both artist and teacher. I have some artist friends who are teachers and I personnaly think their work suffers due to the demands of teaching. How does one reconcile those issues?.

Dear James,
I had the most wonderful advisor/mentor/professor when I was earning my
undergraduate degree in art ed a few years ago. He wrote the following
and posted it outside his office. Feeling as you do, you might want to
take his advice seriously and consider some alternatives to teaching as
a career choice.

don't "fall back on teaching!"
the weight of your disappointment and bitterness over lack of success
in your "chosen" field
can squaush the enthusiasm of hundreds of young people
who will have to suffer the heavy burden of your impatience with them
as you "endure" an undeserved fate.

Teaching demands a commitment to the educational welfare
of your students. The fullest possible development of each individual is
your charge. You must be dedicated to the task.

The young people of the United States do not deserve those individuals
who have drifted into the profession as a "poor second choice."

Linda in Michigan