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About extrinsic motivation- it's not always a bad thing. I never thought I
would go into a career in art. My high school art teacher encouraged me to
apply for a small art scholarship and I actually got it. I changed my major
to art and the rest is history. It's the same idea as process vs. product in
an art program. There should be a balance between art contests, art shows,
and a strong focus on the student's personal development. Not awarding any
student or ever participating in a show or contest can deprive a student of
a boost to their self-esteem that would encourage him or her to continue in
art. It should just be done carefully and in moderation in regard to the
many students not receiving the award.
Michelle H. Harrell
North Garner Middle School
Garner, North Carolina
( ) "Art is the form of the picture that has come
! ^ ^ ! into being through the nerves, heart,
^! * * ! ^ brain, and eye of man."
! \ ^ / ! -Edvard Munch
( ( 0 ) ) 1907
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