It also seems to me that this comes down to a difference in philosophy along
the lines of the nature/nurture argument, the talent/effort debate.
I believe that all students CAN produce A work. many choose not to. many
choose to fail to follow instructions. many choose not to concentrate when
they draw. many choose not to care about the quality of their work or their
grade. however when students make the right choices--they can and do
surprise themselves with what they can do.
Every time my principal walks into the room he makes a bunch of damn jokes
about how he can't even draw a straight line, and when I ask him to join us,
he declines. I want to slug him every time he says that kind of stuff
because it suggests to my students that some people can learn to draw and
some can't--no matter what they do.
I bet he doesn't walk iinto history class and tell students that he doesn't
even know ehn the War of 1812 was . . .