To say that I feel distress and disgust over how the disctrict my kids are in spends money would be an understatement. For instance, there are at least 4-6 PC's in every room in Rhiannon's school. Every room. They have $1000 phones in each room. They have projectors in every class room and every "pod" (6). I could go on and on. But then you look at the "specials" they offer within the schools. Music, twice a week, computers three times a week, gym every day. Impressive. Maybe. If you don't take into account they have no art classes, a ridiculously small playground, class sizes of us to 23 with one teacher and no aid...
At the parent orientation we were asked to sign up if we wanted to help the art program at the school happen. I thought, "I can do that, I can assist someone if they bring in an art teacher. No problem."
That's not what they were asking for at all. Those who signed up have been asked to teach the art classes. They have a volunteer who has some sort of background come in once every six weeks, teach us how to teach that particular lesson. We then, in turn take that lesson to the classes we have been assigned and teach them. "What's the big deal?" you may ask. Well, you see ... I cannot even draw a decent stick figure, let alone teach a class fill of kids how to develop such skills. It's not like I can bow out. With the pathetic amount of sign ups for this particular position, if I bow out, someone else has to take on an additional three classes. Or not get art at all.
So I guess you can call me an art teacher now. How laughable is that?