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Re: Eileen's teaching culture

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Kathrine L Walker (klwalk)
Fri, 5 Jul 1996 13:07:26 -0500 (CDT)

I have to agree with Eileen. Teaching children about other cultures
and HOW TO LOOK at other cultures sensitively is very important. I am
blond, blue-eyed and have been teaching about African Art and culture for
several years - even to African American kids in a 80% minority high
school. It is a sad, but I was the only one available to help them look
at this culture. I would love to have turned if over to someone who was
of the culture - as I would love to do with every culture I teach. But,
isn't it more important to develop the sensitivity and appreciation ...
if we don't, then what happens!
I have taken every opportunity to learn more, especially in situations
where I have access to a cultural group. I am not an expert, only someone
who is passionately interested in multicultural education. Some hints to
help: use the music, literature, etc., to the fullest extent. Give an
object multiple voices - your's with art history knowledge, someone else
with the cultural knowledge, your students with their knowledge of their
own lives and own meanings.

Kathrine Walker,
Education Coordinator
Beach Museum of Art