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choosing work for show


Date: Tue May 14 2002 - 18:01:20 PDT

Why is it that the student who does basic, mediocre, average work is the one
who asks why, why, why his work was not chosen to put in a show? When I
explain I am to choose the very best high school level work (and I am
thinking my 5th graders did better work than his), he continues to ask why
his work was not chosen. I continue with the whole issue/difficulty of
jury/subjectivity....and he still doesn't get it.
Even with examples of high level student excellence right in front of him, he
can't see the difference? As a former elementary teacher now teaching HS, I
wonder if this is a result of the elementary "everyone gets their work in the
art show" experience. (I am empathetic as I know how it feels to have my
work rejected from shows, but I don't call and hassle/accuse the juror .... a
frustrating day....) How do you handle this? Melissa