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Re: Art tests

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Sheryl Ann McCoy (smccoy)
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 22:16:10 -0700

One paragraph does not an answer make. A philosophy of art shared across space and time cannot be explained so briefly. Hang with us for the long haul.
When I was in high school, my Spanish teacher, would often go off on a tirade towards us when he would talk about the Europeans who conquered the Americas as "your people". Some of us were not European. I always believed that type of talk was a degrading way to speak to any other human being. I hope it was not your intent to degrade Maggie for supporting Sandra. ie, "your test", etc.

Often teaching can be activity based with little clear cut agenda for structural break points by which we teach children a coherent body of knowledge. Inquiry is to be greatly admired, but inquiry without coherence can lead children in a circle from which they never truly emerge.

Please go gently through the night. If you allow children to inquire, let yourself inquire. Ask people what they mean, please don't assume you know. We all want to help children learn, and we usually discover that we have fewer differences than we first expected.

Best regards in ArtED,
Sheryl A. McCoy

"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

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