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<<Three-fourths of the way through, a man entered the
workshop and sat down a couple of seats from me. He listened for 10
and at a lull in the conversation, preceded to inform us all that she
misspelled some Aborginal words, had some figures wrong, etc. and pretty
much told her that Australians didn't like for the "Americans" to be
teaching about their culture.>>
I hate people like that! I know we have discussed this on the list
before, about how to present a culture to our students without causing
offense. Yes, we respect the cultures and don't want to step on their
toes... BUT how are others supposed to learn about them unless someone
teaches them? I, personally, have been fortunate enough to visit
Australia (for only 2 weeks, not exactly immersed in culture), but how
many of our students will get that chance?? And was the guy an
Aborigine?? Or just a white Aussie? When I visited AU, I went to
several galleries with strictly Aboriginal art and met some of the
artists. They were always super nice and loved the fact that I was an
art teacher and wanted to bring back art to show my students.
Anyway, sorry to vent, but that makes me mad. He could have EASILY
handled it with more tact... and privacy! How rude.
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