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Re: Generosity Repaid! (long)

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henry (taylorh)
Sun, 29 Jun 1997 11:19:18 -0700 (MST)

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Fascinating philosophical perspective Robert! Generous of you to share
it. I mean that seriously. It's a valid perspective of course, just not
requsite. It doesn't really matter to me where you found it or if it's
something that is simply apparent to you; kind of "homespun" in that way.

I notice that you do not include any particular educational principles or
elements specific to art education in your post. I know that there are
some here that would prefer such mail as yours to be sent off list but
generally they are very tolerant of those of us who want to see and
experience art in a broader, more connected context.

Many of my own posts might be considered off-topic and overly long. I try
to remember to append "long" to the subject line but don't always
succeed. I expect people recognize my name and delete my posts unread if
they don't find themn to their taste. Generally speaking, on a busy list,
which this is, it's almost impossible to read everything. The delete key
is an essential file management tool.

I was an artist before I started to teach art and before I returned to
the university to formalize my qualifications. As an artist, philosophy
is very, very, important to me. I can assure you that many other artists
feel this way and, further, believe that it is as crucial to be skilled in
the spinning of ones own personal perspective as it is to be
skilled in the more easily recognized and formal aspects of art.

The failure to include philosophy in the curriculum . . .
(and in DBAE it appears obviously in both the discipline of Aesthetics
and that of Criticism -- Philosophy is equally present in the studio for
many artists; I can assure you of that.)
. . . is to limit the scope of the discussion of art. Still it is
possible to envision art in this manner. There is a long tradition for it
and I see no reason to require it's discontinuance. Go for it. I'm sure
you have a lot of valuable information to share about what you consider
to be ART EDUCATION ISSUES, and that many people here are interested in
what you have to say. Heck, while I may not agree, I'll read it, I'm

I'm sure you can recognize individuals here who you do consider to be
seriously involved in what you find to be the most pressing issues. It
should be little or no problem for you to delete authors or material you
are finding to be trivial and "inconsequential drivel". I'm also sure you
do not wish to take on the responsibility of arbiter in determining what
- those individuals whom you respect - ought to be reading. There are
formally moderated lists which are run as strictly as any professional
journal, by the way. And, though I don't know of any specific to art ed.,
maybe one is needed?

Ever since the Internet was opened up to the public, "junk mail" has been
a fact of life. We all have to "wade through" stuff we feel to be trivial
and inconsequential. It is even sometimes possible to feel it necessary to
respond to such material (as you, indeed, have). Sometimes it feels
necessary to read things disagreed with if only to join into the discussion
and to argue in opposition, right. Don't let it throw you (either the
junk mail or the dissonant replies). Keep on posting.

best wishes

-henry taylor
(not an author)