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>Dear ann carolan:
> I've been reading the messages for several weeks now but have never
>been driven to sending a message of my own.
>I'm a high school art teacher, who (like most teachers), meets a wide
>diversity of young people from year to year. Of course by diverse I mean
>young students from different walks of life; of different faiths,
>nationalities, and backgrounds. And I feel that this diversity makes our
>world a much richer and interesting place to live!
> When I first watched Sister Wendy, my curiosity was arroused by the
>fact of her being a nun and, obviously, her physical features. Actually,
>reminds me of a dear aunt of mine, so I admit I felt immediately drawn to
>her. But as I listened and watched, the "physical" part of Sister Wendy
>replaced by the realization that this human being felt as passionate as I
>about the breathtaking beauty of the works of such "greats" as Michelangelo
>and Leonardo (to mention only a few). That was all it took for me to keep
> I feel that, as a teacher, one has to be especially
>and accepting of all. You've got to get past the "physical" and look into
>the depths of one's soul. I truly believe that each student that walks
>through my door, no matter who he/she is and no matter what kind of
>reputation precedes him/her, should be given a chance. If given just half
>chance and a little respect, most students will rise to the occasion and
>work their butts off for you if they feel you believe in them. Granted,
>some students have been to hell and back and come into a class with an
>"attitude", but the majority end up creating some of the finest work.
> So, ann carolan, I feel your statement, "Perhaps we both need to
>each other as sojourners on this walk together and speak kindly of each
>other, while respecting each others right to express ourselves", not only
>holds true for our group of art teachers but should also include our
> I appreciate, agree with, and applaud your viewpoint! Hope to hear
>more from you in the future!