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<<All that good liberal stuff about cultural differences
and marginalization by Euro-centered dominance pretty much fades away when
I watch my young men and women making choices between success in school
and failure on the streets.>>
Interesting. I would argue that it is the perpetuation of Euro-centered
dominance which continues the "young men and women making choices between
success in school and failure on the streets."
I must not be writing very clearly in this cold, damp, foggy, weather. Part
of my point--rather, 99% of my point--is that if the current structures which
keep education as product rather than process, memorization rather than
engagement, spoon-feeding rather than critiquing, than this discussion would
be entirely different if existent at all.
And by the way, if you and your school are not complicitious with any of the
above educational qualities than I am not directing this to you. However, in
the wake of increased standardized testing, PTA-accountability, etc., some of
those practices can be hard to avoid.
Elizabeth B. Reese
Dept. of Art Education
The Pennsylvania State University
School of Visual Arts