Americans canít seem to do anything in moderation. I think we need to be
aware of how our actions and words effect students and not make them think
they canít do better. At the same time pretending things are perfect when
they need to improve doesnít do anyone any good either. Some people like
your student use self esteem as an excuse to attack someone who is trying
to help them improve.
Kimberly Herbert ( firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> )
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
From: Lori Graham [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2001 2:14 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: displaying work
When will we have the courage to say something as simple as" this is work
that deserves to be displayed "without regard to a fear that somebody's self
esteem will be offended.
Even with the best intentions, it seems this is the era where we will offend
someone's self-esteem. I just finished a year with a college student who
complained to my dean and the administration about her self-esteem being
damaged. Early in the semester, in a critique, I praised two students for
their splendid work. It went downhill from there. What I learned from this
is that it is worth the agony of being "reported" for my transgressions.
The students I praised are going on to great schools, majoring in
architecture. THEY are worth the days when I was drawn and quartered due to
this woman's insecurity, and her own lack of self-esteem. Charge on!