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Re: [teacherartexchange] debilitating perfectionism


From: Sharon (sharon_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Jul 07 2006 - 05:24:35 PDT

Something I tell my kids is: "strive for excellence, not 'perfection'."

"Excellence" is attainable; "perfection" isn't....

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From: "Elizabeth Heisey" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Friday, July 07, 2006 8:01 AM
Subject: [teacherartexchange] debilitating perfectionism

> Have we already talked about perfectionism? I hate
> perfectionism and what it does to students sometimes.
> Wikipedia says perfectionism is an 'unhealthy belief
> that anything less than perfect is unacceptable.'
> I think I want to include this as one of my
> assumptions about art which we discuss the first week.
> It seems the truth lies more in something like this:
> Achievement in art is healthy growth where any of many
> various kinds of improvement are acceptable.
> So there is perfectionism or there is achievement. A
> discussion of the two contrasting ways of thinking
> seems like a good point-counterpoint. Maybe we can
> stave off this tendency.
> What do you all think?
> Beth
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