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  • I'm not even sure myself. Not even first year into the profession and I'm already having doubts.
    It's odd to me that in most countries around the world, school is valued highly and education is known to be a way out of poverty and into a better life. In the first-world countries, students hate school and would rather be sitting at home watching T.V. Junior High is a tough age to teach: the kids believe they are right about everything and can't seem to understand that in the end, what they think is most important today will not be ten years down the road.

    There is a lot of pressure for teachers to perform better, to teach better, to get students to score higher on their tests. I wish that the people that shout the loudest about the failings of teacher would step into a classroom and trying teaching for at least a couple of weeks.

    I assumed teaching visual arts would be less stressful, more fun. I find it tougher because parents and students find it irrelevant and unimportant (how many times have I heard it said--art doesn't matter, it's only an elective). I have a hard time understanding why a couple of subjects are valued so highly above others. Kids don't try in art because they're convinced that whatever they learn is not important to them in any way (how many times have I heard that one).

    In the end, I still would rather teach Visual Art than Language Arts--less pressure on me. Except they may end up cutting art classes altogether--since it's really a horrible idea to allow students to take classes that encourage creativity--which has been said to be the highest level of thinking. Who needs creative people anyway?
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