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>Who has the right to tell us what is good and bad in the world? By whose
>standards? If we are truely engaged in "inquiry-based" learning, these
>conclusions should not be dicated by others as universals. Discuss your
>personal opinions, but please do not pretend that you have the "answer" as
>if there were only one.
>On Thu, 13 Feb 1997, Terry Barrett wrote:
>> I think the questions you raise we as teachers, teacher educators, and
>> community leaders need to address. This is a good forum to address them.
>> Thanks for writing clear and important questions. I rather have us address
>> them than pretend that they don't exist and ignore them.
>> These are some tentative answers of mine to some of your questions...
>> Children might be taught that there are good and bad things in the world,
>> and to have a social conscience, and to seek ways to safely and effectively
>> make things better.
>> Children might be taught what abuse consists of, and to know if they are
>> being abused, and what they might do to try to safely stop it.
>> Older children might be taught how to protect younger children.
>> More advantaged children might be taught to care about and help less
>> advantaged children.
>> Children might be taught to make art about social issues that anger them.
>> There is some powerful art made by artists who are outraged at social and
>> cultural injustices, and this art might be used to teach students, at
>> appropriate grade levels, about social issues: Edward Kienholtz, Barbara
>> Kruger, Edgar Heap of Birds, Sue Coe, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Lorna
>> Simpson, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Eugene Richards, Carrie Mae Weems, Keith
>> Haring, ACT-UP, Group Material, Gran Fury, Adrian Piper, David Hammons,
>> Luis Jimenez, Alfredo Jaar, Tim Rollins and KOS, Mel Chin, James Luna,
>> Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Robert Colescott, Mary Ellen Mark, Laurie Anderson,
>> Papo Colo, Duane Michals, Beverly Pepper, Survival Research Laboratories,
>> Pat Ward Williams, Fred Wilson, David Wojnarowicz.
>> Thanks for your concerns.
>> >Is that what you think I am promoting...Pepsi Cola Multiculturalism?
>> >As a public school educator, am I responsible for filling the minds of
>> >children with the horrors of the world? How will that information protect
>> >them? Will it set them free?
>> >At what age would you have me discuss human abuse with children?
>> >When would it be suitable to expose young minds to the story you shared?
>> >Where is the balance between facing the reality of all types of human abuse
>> >and going on in the faith in the goodness of humankind?
>> >Jann Gallagher
>> >Jann M Gallagher
>> >Euclid City Schools
>> Terry Barrett
>> Professor, Art Education
>> 340 Hopkins Hall
>> Ohio State University
>> Columbus, OH 43210
Professor, Art Education
340 Hopkins Hall
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210