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On Thu, 19 Feb 1998 JConley957 wrote:
> I personally don't believe that we teach people to be creative. Quite the
> opposite, I believe that we teach people to be UN-creative! I'm a high school
> art teacher and for several years, I've gone (at the request of elementary
> teachers) to draw for elementary students and teach a few drawing lessons at
> that age level during my planning period. (We have no art educators in our 5
> elementary schools.)
> What I've observed, from the unique viewpoint of being in an elementary
> classroom, then going back to my HS kids, is that the younger a child is, the
> more freely they "create". I'm always amazed at how easily that young
> children afford their imagination to enter their world compaired to the
> restraints that they place on their minds by the time they're 17 or 18.
> My High School students look at me in fear everytime I start a lesson with "I
> want you to create....." Some of the aspects of the old Pink Floyd song "The
> Wall" are right on target.
> That's why ART, MUSIC & DRAMA should be required, not optional, for ALL
> students at every grade level. As the only species that "creates", I believe
> that Arts education is just as "Basic" as math, english, science and history.
> Art is, after all, the true signature of a civilization.
> I'll climb off my soapbox now, thanks for listening.
> Jay Conley
> Brighton High School
> Brighton, Colorado