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How do you deal with teachers giving the wrong advice to your kids?

My 14 year old is quite adept at IT, she enjoys art and is quite familiar with photoshop etc. In her IT Tech class she has been given the project of designing a logo, So as I deal with a lot of designers she asked my advice over dinner. I recommended she should try to use illustrator to create a vector of the logo because a vector file can be blown up to any size etc etc. So today's lesson comes round and she asks the teacher if they have access to illustrator, his response, she should use word as the files are smaller. No I could appreciate it if they didn't have illustrator, but to get someone to design a logo in word is like writing an essay with a potato. How would you deal with something like this?

Seeking Opinion Education 4 years ago
Andy Powell expert
Andy Powell
Internet Consultant
Oldham, GB

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Sue Wilhelm expert
Sue Wilhelm Violence Prevention Specialist St Louis, US

My aunt, who is an artist, designer, and art instructor, once said to me that creativity is making something valuable within the limits that you have been given. There could be many reasons why a teacher would need students to work within limits in a classroom environment, often having to do with fairness or the available budget and resources. I often try to help my son to see the value of the lesson beneath the lesson, in this case working within limits, respectfully disagreeing with authority. Perhaps you could share your, obviously extensive, knowledge with your daughter in an outside project and have her bring it into the classroom. Her teacher may not be able to go into the depth that your knowledge or resources would allow, but may appreciate an extra credit presentation to share with other students about working with more involved programs.

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Opinion 4 years ago
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Roberto Catanuto expert
Roberto Catanuto Teacher, Club Instructor CH
Education expert

I, as a teacher, usually make mistakes. I try to be as open as possible to parents, listen to their advice and try to implement their suggestions if I consider them feasible in my everyday work.

As for the question, I'd go asking the teacher why he/she chose that program and kindly suggest him/her other options. Sometimes, it's pretty tough to manage a crowded classroom, and we're not always allowed to choose the tools we'd like to have.

Collaboration is definitely an option.

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Opinion 4 years ago
Ben Sullivan
Ben Sullivan Father & Video Game Producer Burnaby, CA

While the "file is smaller" is of course incorrect, I suspect the real reason is that Word's drawing tools, while crude, are simple for everyone to use. However since this is an IT class and not a logo design class, the emphasis should be on learning tools.

My suggestion would be to make it in Illustrator at home, then copy/paste it into Word ;)

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Opinion 4 years ago
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HerMelness Speaks expert
HerMelness Speaks Parent blogger/student mentor GB
Parenting expert expert

I think Sue is spot on.

And there is nearly always a chance of letting a teacher or school know that your child is adept at a particular subject or skill...and could even perhaps be of some use to the teacher and other students if that would be helpful.

However, the opportunity here for a greater learning moment about some of life's circumstances was the most valuable lesson here for the time being.

Again, I agree with Sue.

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Experience 4 years ago
Kristin Bennett McNeely
Kristin Bennett McNeely Techie Designer Mom Seattle, Washington

I graduated from Design school (BFA Communication Design) and Illustrator is by FAR my favorite application...but, I do not currently own it. It has been torture but I have been using some of the free online programs (Google draw I think is the one I used most recently) and while it was was also a good exercise in patience. It also slowed me down to think about what I was doing. I found sketching on paper to be even more important than I usually do so I'd recommend starting there.

You/she are right, hands down vector is better in the real world for real logos etc...but it might not be necessary for this class assignment. Perhaps you or your daughter could ask the teacher if a lecture about vector and what it is could be useful? It is possible that the teacher doesn't know and maybe it is just out of their comfort level...

They might be worried about different types/files being turned in being too much of a competitive advantage too...maybe wanting to level the playing field? I'm laughing too though as I haven't used MS Word in years, never crossed my mind to even try to draw there....

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Opinion 4 years ago
Jessica Alley
Jessica Alley

The advice of the teacher to design in the word document seems sarcastic. I think the teacher should take the classes from the members of bestdissertation service for teaching. Well, I agree that not all teachers are aware of everything but they should know minimum and if they don't know about something they should not give wrong advice to the students.

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Opinion 4 months ago

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