"Top-lofty" was my favorite term describing Ken's post. There has been a
certain circular referral here, and "tone" and "respecting the milieu
you're in" seems to be a sub-text. Passionate discourse from all points of
view is terrific! But incipient academics need to lsiten to themselves in
the context they are being heard. I'm sure Kevin would not talk to his
classes in the tone he used here; although I respect some of his
ideas...they certainly are not new to me...the provocative statements,
"zingers" and lofty tone swallow up the good points. Remember the "medium
is the message"? and "language is a virus"?
I have enjoyed the debate and particularly respect those writers who were
able to gently translate hyper zealousness into practical understanding.
Lost in this, however, was Mark's lovely message about teaching all
children...he has consistently shown how to make art learning a respected,
caring environment within the whole school culture.
Boy, my image of him changed when he talked about the earring and ponytail!
J. in B. (had enough rain?)