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RE: in defense : worms


From: Hillmer, Jan (hillmjan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Mar 14 2004 - 12:43:59 PST

Michal, Your project, recording the movement of the worms on the paper sounds like an investigative science project to me - actually, it was my first thought, too. Who among us knows how worms move ? We learn how snakes move by watching them and recording the tracks they leave behind. How different was your (intended) project? Not very. How many of the rest of us have had experiences where projects take a different direction than our origianl intent? Your intent was visual exploring and learning - not hurting a living creature. It dissappoints me that this group could get so sidetracked on this subject as to think we do not take considerations like other types of living creatures into our artwork. Michal, I feel resposible for bringing this subject up, and I stand by you - Thank you for sharing the idea and the expreience!

        -----Original Message-----
        From: The Austin's []
        Sent: Sun 3/14/2004 9:33 AM
        To: ArtsEdNet Talk
        Subject: Re: worms

        I thought I would be be less annoyed with this topic this morning, but I am
        not. In the past I have mentioned these kind of comments as being
        prohibitive to people posting. I feel attacked - my lesson had nothing to do
        with using worms as paintbrushes. I saw this lesson in at least 5 different
        environmental education books. The idea was to watch the worms wiggle and
        create lines. None of my worms are harmed. I teach in a school that focuses
        on enviromental studies - so telling me that I need to teach the value of a
        living creature is like a slap in the face. Yes, I am angry. If you really
        feel this way I suggest that you write to the publishers of those books and
        let them know, because I will no longer respond. I am finished with this
> > > I really don't think using worms as paint brushes is a good thing.
> Worms
> > > are living creatures that should be treated with care and respect
> despite
> > > their lowly status. We need to teach children that all forms of life
> are
> > > valuable and have a purpose. The purpose of earth worms is not to
> become
> > > living paintbrushes.
> > >
> > > Sky in NJ
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