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Re: Teachers Drawing on Student Work

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Lydia West (LydiaWest)
Mon, 13 Apr 1998 15:06:08 EDT

I must say that I really agree with you! While I don't advocate drawing
directly on students' work (I use a separate sheet), I do think it's important
for students at every level to remember that they are there to learn and
improve (not that we ever reach a point where we should stop doing either:-).

Your response reminded me of AP senior English many years ago, in which we
spent the year RIGOROUSLY learning to write compositions worthy of getting a 5
on the AP test. One of the novels we read during the year was Portrait fo the
Artist as a Young Man, and I remember grumbling with my classmates about the
fact that if we handed in a composition in James Joyce style, we'd be lucky to
get a .5!! I don't remember considering the fact that I wasn't Joyce, just a
senior in a high school English class.

In retrospect, I can see that the class did a great deal to strengthen and
sharpen my writing, and was one of my best (and hardest!) classes ever,
college included! As you said, if a student is already a renowned artist,
there is little point in his/her taking a high school art class!

Lydia West
Toledo OH