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Thanks for your response. You make some really good points and relate it
well to your own education -- would you mind sharing with the whole list?
think it just came to me, but I think your comments are strong and
for everyone to hear if you're okay with that.
But either way, thanks for your support! -- Elizabeth
At 06:40 PM 1/23/97 -0000, you wrote:
>You made some excellent points and commented on things that I too felt
>needed some further explanations. Indeed, any subject, including art,
>can be taught poorly and with much conformity. I witnessed this
>firsthand in the district I previously was in. The other art teacher was
>into the cutsey cut and paste activities or other things in which all
>kids' projects ( actually it was only partly theirs) were to look the
>same. While such teaching was easier for the art teacher, it certainly
>was not inspiring for the students. As with any subject, many of the
>kids had negative feelings about art due to its non-expressive nature.
>All subjects should be involving and engage the student. Simply
>memorizing content is useless and results in very little long-term
> I can personally attest to this. In high school I was a "model"
>student and did what was expected of me- and more. I memorized the
>chemical equasions and history facts and got straight A+'s in each. What
>I learned, however, was incredibly superficial and stuck with me only
>long enough to earn the grade. When I chose Alverno College in Milwaukee
>for my undergrad, I admit that the idea of a non-graded system was the
>inviting thing for me. Only when I entered the classes did I realize
>what learning really was. The college stressed and built upon the
>crucial learning tool of practical application. Learning the why's and
>how's became more important than the what's. Learning made sense and was
>naturally remembered. I just wish I had that rigorous, dedicated
>teaching when I was in gradeschool and highschool. As you said, I hope
>all teachers take the extra time and effort to make learning both
>meaningful and enjoyable.