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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
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>>
If you felt somethow degraded by why I wrote, what other response could I make
but to apologize. But I ask the particpants of the list to go back (if they
are interested) to the earlier posts and check the context. I don't see how I
was offensive, but I am always willing to listen...
But, Sheryl. You start your post by asking me to "hang WITH US (my emphasis)
for the long haul." But when I say "your tests," you claim I am degrading
Sandra. I am at a loss.
As to your point about "coherent inquiry." Did I argue for incoherent
inquiry? I simply tried to point out that the call for testing, in the
traditional way we view testing, viewed the act of making art as somehow
alienated from the act of learning "something." If we see learning as
embodied in the act of changed behavior, then it is precisely in the making of
art, in "wonderful creative experience," as the original post described it,
that we can see what the student has learned. Paper and pencil tests can
evaluate some of this, but not nearly as well. But, this view represents only
my experience and my understanding of teaching and learning. Clearly your
experience is different.