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Re: curriculum

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Roy Liebergen (rllieber)
Tue, 11 Mar 1997 18:39:47 -0600

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EVasso wrote:
> Carol,
> You write:
> "With all of our efforts to be politically correct, to not offend or
> appropriate another culture's art forms, I wonder if we are not doing a
> great disservice to ourselves and our students."
> Quotes taken out of context often are confusing, I think the next sentence explained what I meant. We know people learn and retain more by doing that by watching or memorizing, that is what I meant, in art class, the students do learn and retain more, because they get to experience the doing, the making. There were many valid points made in this discussion, and I agree with the one regarding looking at art from other cultures and then creating a new expression of that form (the example was masks, I believe). I am going to try that and I thank the person who offered that insight.

> I was interested in the way you dismissed your fellow student who was Jewish.
> Was there nothing in what she said and felt that is true? What is unique to
> the Jewish experience of the Holocaust or the African-American experience of
> slavery or the Native American experience of genocide? Can we all share in
> that experience? Certainly not in the same degree or extent. The claim of
> universality should not be used as a tool to dismiss the reality and value of
> difference.
I did not intend to dismiss my fellow student, I did however, at the
time feel that she was dismissing me. My feeling about the horror, and
even though I can't feel the same way she does, are my feelings any less
valid, any less worthy of expression?


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