I have a family member of mine that has been teaching for over 8 years and she definetly knows what you are talking about, in fact I think a great majority of us know how badly our school system is fairing with all that is going on in our government. I grew up when art and music where still a staple part of what was being taught in all our schools and saw all of that taken away not too long after I left elementary school. It's a shame that most of the generations will have to grow up without having that ability to express themselves in safe and creative ways through art or music. I'm a huge advocate for changing how our school system has been running, giving them funds to help our children succeed and giving our teachers incentives to work too their potential.
I know teachers are facing a lot and some may consider leaving their profession but I would say don't tell your wife to lose hope.
If she want's to go to FIDM and pursue a teaching career as well, there are options. Your personal job search may have been rather unsuccessful but I heard FIDM has a great Career Center that helps you even after you graduate from their program. In fact, the advisor that you are given when you begin the program, makes all the efforts to help you build connections within the visual/ product development for example. There is potential in any of the degrees at FIDM to become successul! There are teachers who are currently teaching at FIDM that she could contact who pursued a visual or product development career. The instructors are more than welcome to give her pointers on how they pursued teaching even with a FIDM degree.
In terms of tuition, if she needs a little extra help in that area, I would suggest contacting an advisor at FIDM to discuss that further or to get more information on the programs and career opportunities. The website to contact them is www.fidm.com
. If she has the passion to study either of those two fields, they are more than willing to help her reach her goals.