>This is pure emotionlism but I'm walking through this door anyway.
>When I was observing one of my first art teacher/classrooms before the class
>the teacher in residence told me today would be a particulary "tricky" day
>because one of the little student's (a little girl) father had just
>committed suicide 3 days prior and it would be her first day back in class.
>This was a 1st grade class. After doing the assignment, which was a
>"exploration" of imagination and a piece of art depiciting a "place" they
>all would have liked to "fly" over in their minds, the class was released.
>This particular little student did a picture of the Philadelphia Art
>Musuem. I believe it was a place she and her father had gone to together.
>She asked to take it home. When her regular teacher came to pick the class
>up from the art room, she stood firm with little tears welling up in her
>eyes, she really wanted to take this home to her mother. Both teachers
>refused after much begging by the little student and she eventually left in
>I will never forget the look on her face. And if any student really wants
>to take something home to mommy? I firmly believe no rules, no "end of
>year" show, no report card, not one thing I can think of should stand in the
>way of their desire.