Buildings (the built environment) play significant
roles in the passive development of human behavior.
This field of art is called Architecture &
Environmental Design. As public private resource are
invested to build and renovate environments of
learning the auditorium as a formal cultural setting
needs to be reinstated as a vital part of the
student?s cultural learning experience.
The ?cafetorium? (or the auditorium in the gym)
diminishing the quality of the cultural learning
experience for students of all ages.
--- judiej <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Same thing here in Atlanta. I think it's a matter
> of most of the population for the last few decades
> not being taught the difference between athletic
> event behavior and other types of events. A few
> years ago our drama teacher offered an
> auditorium ettiquette lecture at one of our
> assemblies. She explained the difference between
> quiet respectful behavior at events such as
> theatrical performances, graduations, etc. Sort of
> worked for a while, but until enough people speak
> out and object and the administration seriously
> addresses the problem, it won't change.
> We had a storyteller who came to our school several
> years ago, whe refused to perform because of the
> rude loud behavior from students in the auditorium.
> It was very embarassing. His theory was that since
> schools started building gymnasiums as the main
> building for gatherings, instead of auditoriums,
> somehow our culture has forgotten how to behave in a
> more civilized setting. I think it will take a lot
> of planning and work to get the message across.
> We're a competitive sports culture that has spilled
> over into other events.
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: croberts <email@example.com>
> >Sent: Jun 10, 2006 6:38 PM
> >To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
> >Subject: [teacherartexchange] Graduation ceremony
> >I went to my grandson's high school graduation last
> night and it was
> >absolute bedlam during 90% of the ceremony. It was
> NOT a pleasant
> >experience. You could not hear anything at all for
> all the hollering being
> >done by the people in the audience. We did not
> even know the speakers on
> >the stage were saying the pledge until we looked at
> the program. The
> >graduating seniors were quiet...but several of them
> danced across the stage
> >after receiving their diplomas. When my
> granddaughter graduated from the
> >same high school five years ago, it was the same.
> >I retired last year from teaching high school...and
> I can say that our
> >graduation ceremony was one held with dignity,
> respect, and with honor for
> >the students graduating. At the beginning of the
> ceremony, the principal
> >asked everyone to be respectful and that anyone
> hollering out would be
> >removed by the police. I think a few years ago,
> someone did have to be
> >escorted out...but not since.
> >I'm curious as to how the ceremonies are in some of
> your high schools.
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