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Sat, 04-21-2012 - 1:26pm

My school district spares no expense for the alternative high school.

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In reply to: ketue
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 12:20am

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In reply to: ketue
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 11:07am
very nice post Sabr! With a daughter who plans to major in art in college, and hearing those 3 art based majors in the top 10 worst majors to obtain, I often worry about her prospects after college. I'm going to look up the 2006 article you referenced.
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In reply to: ketue
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 3:59pm

Like we told our dd, "Just in CASE you don't get to be famous overnight, besides art, learn something you can use the art in, to make a living!" She chose education, but there are a number of other choices--museum curation, art and architectural restoration, art therapy, set design, graphic arts, advertising, forensic reconstruction... The jobs aren't hanging on trees, but if she's determined, and good, she'll find something.

PS: She has the "Why teach Art?" statement on her school webpage, for students and PARENTS who think that it's a waste of time, or a blow-off class.

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In reply to: ketue
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 4:10pm
I am one that never things art is a waste, and I hate an art flunky! She has such aspirations, my DH, her stepdad thinks like a lot of parents, she'll never make a living at it, she's amazing at both science and math, but she has no interest in either. I knew at 5 years old when she would spend hours upon hours wandering the museum just to look at the paintings that she would end up working in one some day, and that's her aspiration. her dream job is a museum curator, she loves and is great at photography and editing them, graphic design, and does have plans to possibly get a teaching degree for teaching art or latin, but as we've all seen, even art teachering jobs are hard to come by, and latin even worse. But we'll see, like you said, if she's determined, I have to hope that she'll find her place somewhere. And until then, there's always room at home for her. (But dont' tell DH I said that. LOL!)
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In reply to: ketue
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 4:12pm

Actually, I think 20 year old math textbooks are okay for everyone, not just the alternative schools. Buying new textbooks every couple of years is a waste of taxpayer money. Sometimes, it's necessary, but not as often as some districts do it!

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In reply to: ketue
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 4:30pm
FYI my ds19 is the same - is finishing soph year in college in studio art with a visual communications certificate, and plans to teach. I just hope they still have it in schools. He's very determined but was realistic about wanting the MAT and not depending on art as a career by itself. (and dh and I are techies with math and science and engineering degrees - he likes science but hates math as he sees the big picture and writes the answer and then got no credit for not showing work)

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In reply to: ketue
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 4:39pm

#1 wants her BFA, with a concentration in photography.

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In reply to: ketue
Tue, 04-24-2012 - 5:04pm
Interesting, I could easily see her doing something like that. We have a trip to Oregon planned in the fall to visit the U of O campus since she essentially has it parred down already to 2 colleges. that is something to look into also.
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