The topic was Teacher Accreditation
I personally see great value in accreditation for the new generation of Teachers.
By "New generation" I mean young quilters or passionate quilters with new and fresh ideas. The new generation groundswell is occurring in the USA and was very evident at Market this year. We need to encourage more school age and young women to look at the fabric arts as an exciting creative experience. I know of quite a few unsung heroes gently guiding young people along that path.
For teachers such as I who have been around for a while… I’m not a "technically" accredited teacher, but certainly an "Experience" accredited teacher.
I’m an Author, designer, quilter and I’ve spent many many hours creating and perfecting the techniques that I teach.
I generally work 7 days a week…..I have a passion that is ever present and I enjoy sharing that with my students….
I appreciate the comments of my students and when a student is inspired to look at things differently by coming to my class It’s worth more to me than a wage……!!!!
That’s why I’m a Teacher. I believe I would have opted for accreditation if it had been offered 18 years ago.
There were some interesting opinions last night, – some I agreed with, some I didn’t …..and some were very predictable.
However, it was a meeting of like minds in a profession that is basically based in an unprofessional environment.