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Re: approaching Beauty

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Sheryl Ann McCoy (smccoy)
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 15:38:42 -0700

Greetings Churchill Jr Hi teacher:
Thematic units seem to open inquiry modes that cannot be reached any other way. I think you are opening the children's minds to look for beauty in many aspects.

I have not followed this BEAUTY thread as closely as I realize that I should. A teacher friend of mine related an experience with her son and his friend that made me realize that we, grownups, media, peers, whomever, inculcate children with ideas of beauty through our presentation of BEAUTY in our culture that often becomes terribly skewed.

My friend related that a neighbor girl who was a couple of years younger than her son and his friend would drop by when the friend was there at her house. One day, my friend brought that point up. Her son's friend was shocked that the girl would think he might be interested, and he said, "I'm not interested in her, she's ugly."

Needless to say, my friend discussed this with her son as soon as the friend left. Her son said he didn't think she was ugly, but his friend did because she was too tall!" The girl is 6 foot, and the boy is over 6 foot, but he believed a beautiful girl would be shorter. There was also an allusion to the fact that this girl was more powerful than a shorter girl.
I am not surprised, but I was sad for this girl. Too bad someone doesn't tell her, so she can punch him out. HAHAHAHA! Just kidding!

Just a strange commentary on the mores of the American culture.

Great teaching idea,

"Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her
patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric
reveals the organization of the entire tapestry."
-Richard Feynman

On Wed, 18 Nov 1998 15:49:54 Churchill Junior High School wrote: >I teach ancient cultures to 6th graders and begin each culture with the >relevant river(s). read them stories of the river gods and >show them pictures and have drill time everyday until their association of >the image with the god is reflexive. Then I show them film and >reproductions of wall paintings and their pleasure in spotting "their" gods >keeps them much more attentive to the art than they would otherwise be. >This year in a discussion of the art I asked how they liked it; did looking >at it give them pleasure? There were a number of similar comments along >the lines of - at first I thought it was weird, but now I like it - or, I >wasn't >sure at first, but now it seems ok - and, my favorite - I just thought it >was stupid, but now ..I think its almost pretty. Seems to me she supports >the contention that familiarity with subject matter enhances appreciation >. > >.Churchill Junior High School >905 Maple Avenue >Galesburg, IL 61401 >E-mail: >Phone: 309-342-3129 >Fax: 309-342-4728 > > >

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