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RE: [teacherartexchange] Korean Mothers vs American mothers


From: LetsartAndy (letsart_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Apr 13 2009 - 11:30:56 PDT

Oh ha quite interesting and never knew that.

> Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2009 11:26:50 -0700
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> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Korean Mothers vs American mothers
> To:
> Bridge in spanish is masculine
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: Woody Duncan
> To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2009 4:32:06 PM
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Korean Mothers vs American mothers
> Andy,
> Your topic is interesting. As a retired middle school art teacher
> who had several
> students of asian decent in classes - I formed some opinions. These
> students as a
> rule took easily to drawing from observation and other creative
> efforts. In college I
> studied visual perception and learning styles related to the two
> hemispheres of
> our brains. I taught using techniques from Dr. Betty Edwards and felt
> that my asian
> students were very right brain thinkers. Of course other factors were
> involved in
> their interest and talents in my art classes. Art was a safe place to
> learn social skills
> and develop english skills in a non threatening environment. My asian
> students
> paid careful visual attention to demonstrations either because they
> did not understand
> the oral instructions or because at home they were taught to observe
> carefully.
> I often wondered why they seemed more right brain oriented. Then I
> read an article
> about brain development based on the native language of the learner.
> Most asian
> languages are tonal in nature based upon rising or falling tones much
> like music.
> Early musical skill development has been sighted as training the
> right side of the
> brain. Our standard methods of instruction stress the left hemisphere
> - ie: math,
> language, memorization, etc. The study I read claimed that the
> musical nature
> of asian languages developed the right hemisphere of those who
> learned those
> languages. Even my asian students who were born in the states learned
> their
> parents languages at home. Many served as translators for their parents.
> My observations and opinions are just mine - not based on any study.
> But I believe the language of the learner is a major factor in the
> way they think.
> I recently heard of a study where languages like german and spanish
> which
> have gender specific nouns effect the thinking of the user. For
> instance the word
> bridge is female in spanish and male in german. Speakers of each
> language
> were shown photos of a bridge. Spanish speakers described the bridge as:
> elegant, beautiful, artistic, soaring, etc. While german speakers
> gave descriptions
> like: strong, sturdy, powerful, etc.
> The languages we learn appear to have a major impact on the way we
> think
> and see the world. So perhaps there is much more to the way we turn
> out than
> just the way our mothers raised us. Just something more to think
> about. My own
> mother taught me to have respect for all types of people, to be open
> minded.
> Yet, I was 20 before I learned that she had a strong, long held
> prejudice toward
> germans. Mothers decide what to teach their children.
> Good Luck on Your Book, Woody
> On Apr 11, 2009, at 10:18 AM, Gv@gHF wrote:
>> Dear Friends,
>> I need some help, idea, oppinion, experience and any help for me to
>> write a small book about "How parents and teachers encourage
>> children's creativity".
>> My book will something that what are some good experience and
>> examples thjat you might had before.
>> I am a Korean art teacher and currently teaching Korean children
>> age 7 to 13. But I have found quite confusing and difficulty of
>> Korean mothers and teachers specially mothers.
>> Most of Korean young mothers are quite focused and strongly driven
>> for their will for children's education. They so think they are
>> Alpha Mom.
>> As you perhaps have heard that Korean are very competitive in
>> education but they are very competitive and strict.
>> I am trying to write all mothers are same that they love their
>> children dealy. But I see quite alot of difference in their
>> education for creative environment.
>> I am trying to make some argument and points that Korean and
>> american mothers nurture and teach their children in different
>> way. There are good parts of Korean mothers's side
>> but also I want them to know how good american mothers and teachers
>> lead their children in creative education.
>> If you wouldn't mind would you please share some your experience
>> and stories or information about good part of American teachers and
>> mothers?
>> I have studied in the states for 8 years and taught there for about
>> few years. I have had greatest time ever while I was there. All
>> my professors were great and they were like my father and mother.
>> I saw so many wonderful things in public and private education as
>> an art major. I would like to introduce these good
>> Korean mothers and teachers.
>> Please feel free to share your thoughts and stories or experience
>> with me. You can email me seperately or you can bring free
>> discussion.
>> I am looking forward to hearing from you all.
>> Thakn you so much.
>> Sincerely yours,
>> Andy Lee from Korea
> Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
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