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?