It occurs to me that we are talking about education on two different ends of
the spectrum. You are talking about teaching high school students and
college students. I am linked to elementary and junior high students.
Education is a journey. Art is a vehicle. What you are presenting is a
destination. I can accept all that you've posted as a destination. As an
educator, I am responsible for charting the journey, and I personally see
nothing wrong with beginning with the understanding of cultural
differences...or sharing traditions of a culture...like story telling, which
I believe is where this all began...or creating clay whistles...or studying
the day of the dead.
I have found myself embroiled in other discussions like this one with Black
educators who tell me that Black History Month and other such inroads into
the study of Black culture are fruitless because they do not go deep enough.
Knowing the names of a few Black leaders and knowing the foods or the
holidays are not enough to convey the essence of a culture they tell me.
Our understanding of the power and purpose of art and our growth toward
shared goodness and evilness must begin somewhere.
I am glad you stirred this up, Terry.
Jann M Gallagher
Euclid City Schools