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<<Whatever happened to
school as a means of conveying legitimate social standards, such as respect
for others, politeness, appropriate ways to seek positive attention..?>>
Good question... but I wonder if you can define 'legitimate social standards'?
The 'social standards' I grew up with were those of a dominantly white,
European-based society which--clearly--did not and does not include
"everybody." In fact, I imagine that many of the students who are
"misbehaving" in your classrooms may be reacting to the very marginalization
of their identities and voices. Maybe if their individual cultural
perspectives were respected and included--and not just during their special
month--they would feel more apt to participate in "appropriate ways".
I appreciate that classes are overcrowded and time is limited. However, I
agree with earlier comments suggesting that educators' possible reactions
toward "inappropriate" behavior lead to the belittling and even demonization
of art education.
Elizabeth B. Reese
Pennsylvania State University