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Ossified? Or just educated?

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Dennis Freeman (freemad)
Sun, 21 Nov 1999 13:58:32 -0700


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I read today the exchange about quotations. I DO NOT want to make =
anyone else angry, but let's think about what was said. Wizzle, as he =
often does, shared some resources (he seems to have a vast supply). He =
gets back a response that the qoutes on the sites given were "dated, if =
not eternally ossified". =20

Joseph, I can see (even relate) to your concern that we find "relevant" =
information for our students, but is time really the biggest factor in =
making something relevant? Are only quotations from the last 50 years =
"relevant" (or 20, 10, 5 years, last 6 months)? I think not. Human =
experience, spirituality and thought are just that - human. I don't =
think we've experienced any stunning revalations in the late 20th =
century that qualify us to reject insights from the past.

I just finished a 3-week e-mail project in which I portrayed a =
relatively obscure 19th Century artist, Alfred Jacob Miller. 4th grade =
students asked questions of Mr. Miller, who answered in the vocabulary & =
language of a gentleman of the time. Guess what? The kids LOVED it! I =
think relevance has to do with making human connections, not being "up =
to date". =20

Wizzle, if you are still out there, please stay. You have so much to =
contribute. Joseph, I hope this made sense to you. DWF

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I read today the exchange about = quotations.  I=20 DO NOT want to make anyone else angry, but let's think about what was=20 said.  Wizzle, as he often does, shared some resources (he seems to = have a=20 vast supply).  He gets back a response that the qoutes on the sites = given=20 were "dated, if not eternally ossified". 
 
Joseph, I can see (even relate) to your = concern=20 that we find "relevant" information for our students, but is time really = the=20 biggest factor in making something relevant?  Are only quotations = from the=20 last 50 years "relevant" (or 20, 10, 5 years, last 6 months)?  I = think=20 not.  Human experience, spirituality and thought are just that -=20 human.  I don't think we've experienced any stunning revalations in = the=20 late 20th century that qualify us to reject insights from the = past.
 
I just finished a 3-week e-mail project = in which I=20 portrayed a relatively obscure 19th Century artist, Alfred Jacob = Miller. =20 4th grade students asked questions of Mr. Miller, who answered in the = vocabulary=20 & language of a gentleman of the time.  Guess what?  The = kids=20 LOVED it!  I think relevance has to do with making human = connections, not=20 being "up to date". 
 
Wizzle, if you are still out there, = please=20 stay.  You have so much to contribute.  Joseph, I hope this = made sense=20 to you.   DWF
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