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I have found in the last few years that the students that are the lowest in
the basic education areas are often the highest in the arts ability. And I
completely understand that for myself. I am an artist (it's an
artist-in-residence program that I teach) and if you give me a written
discription of how to put a bookcase together I will have a hard time, but
if you display the directions with pictures, I will grasp it totally.
A lot of the students I teach I believe have the same mind-set. I
personnally don't think there is anything wrong with that, some of us are
visual and some of us are abstract, intellectual. But I am finding that the
students that distroy their work have been programed to fail, somehow. I
have worked lately on saving those drawings before the scribbles and
holding them up as examples. Some of you have suggested that, and I agree
it seems to work a bit. But what happens when they get back to their
regular teacher? I only have them for once a week for an hour for 8 weeks.
And some of these kids are GOOD ARTISTS! I really hate to see that talent
squashed. And the ego with it.