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Re: Questions about multicultural art
[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]John & Sandra Barrick
Sun, 29 Mar 1998 19:36:38 -0500
To me what I want to achieve most is getting kids to think period.It
doesn'thave to be explained away as this culture and that culture.
Sharing the knowledge of different ways of life and different cultures
is opening up minds to new ways of seeing.I do believe and what
frustrates me most is that our schools and the way teachers are taught
does not encourage or stimulate our children to think.
ie: When the word came how poorly US kids did against the world in Math
and Science,the big difference was the way they were taught. Even poor
Eastern block countries do better. I am not criticising teachers but
the system in which we learn. One of the News shows (48 hours 60 min
Dateline)had a segment on this. In particular the approach the other
countries taught and the way in which we do. Video tape showed that time
and time again in class during math.The teacher gives a problem the
students worked in pairs trying to solve the problem eventually they
succeeded during their period.In the US we gave them the answer and
solved the problem for them after a few minutes of problem solving.
If they don't understand the process how are they ever going to be able
to get to the product on their own.
Art is one way to stimulate the thinking process.I never touch
my students work.Just my point of view.
> About your request:
> It seems to me that by the way you ask your questions, you have already made a
> decision as to what constitutes "multiculturalism.' Apparently, for you, it
> involves "engaging in the context,""cross-cultural investigations" and
> engaging in "social change."
> Now, I personally have no problem with any of these three criteria. But, it
> just seems to me that if you are interested in what teachers are doing in the
> classroom, perhaps your questions should not preclude the possibility that
> teaching multiculturalism in the classroom might also mean something else.
> Discussion on this list over the past few years has addressed this issue and
> it has been enlightening. There has been a wide range of thought regarding the
> conceptualization of multiculturalism, as well as thoughts regarding the
> problematic nature of teaching it.