I agree with most of what Ann says. I also think we could use a facilitator that would steer the discussion toward positive, uplifting topics of interest to a wide range of people. I do miss the more philosophical discussions we once had about art education theory and practice. Nevertheless, I like to listen to what is on the minds of art teachers. I do miss lively discussions.
One topic I would like to discuss is visual culture lesson ideas for the elementary art classroom. I would like to also hear what the group thinks about the pros and cons of visual culture. I am not sure my art education students are getting the background they need in sociology, psychology, anthropology, technology, and in contemporary art to teach visual culture. What are your thoughts?
--- On Thu, 10/9/08, Ann Heineman <email@example.com> wrote:
> From: Ann Heineman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Participation in TeacherArtExchange
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <email@example.com>
> Date: Thursday, October 9, 2008, 2:25 PM
> Hello KJ,
> I have been a member of the list for over ten years and I
> noticed the same decrease in activity that you mention.
> Here are my
> thoughts on its causes:
> 1. Technology glitches in the list serve program, i.e.
> periods of
> long term "down time," problems with sign-up
> access, access to the
> archives, threats that Getty would be shutting down the
> program, etc.
> In the wake of these many problems, many members over the
> years have
> left to join another list. We have lost many wonderful and
> educators and friends of art.
> 2. Extreme nastiness in the form of put-downs shown by some
> members to
> individuals, both written publicly on the list and/or to
> the member's
> personal e-mail. As a recipient of one of these
> "blasts," I can attest
> to the sting of rejection and humiliation they create.
> 3. Lack of list etiquette--those on digest format have
> extensively on this topic recently. There have been other
> over the years where members don't understand or want
> to follow the
> rules of communicating on a list.
> 4. Unbalance of the "takers" and the
> "givers." The "takers" are
> winning. When the "givers" contribute, little
> acknowledgment or
> appreciation is given.
> 5. Simple demographics: there are members of the list
> from early
> times who have dropped out due to health issues,
> retirement, moves to
> new careers. New educators from a younger generation are
> not joining.
> 6. Our national economy is not strong and education is one
> of the many
> casualties. The visual arts take the hit first.
> I thank the many members who continue to make this list
> a unique
> family for art educators and have stayed throughout all the
> over the years!
> Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
> Art teacher, K-5, retired 6 years
> On Oct 9, 2008, at 3:55 AM, K J wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I am an Australian student studying online communities
> and I was
> > wondering if I could get some help from the members of
> this community.
> > Posts peaked at over 1600 a month in year 2000 and
> have since then
> > dwindled to less than 200 per month, the lowest since
> creation. Why is
> > this? Is it the listserv format? Or other reasons?
> > Are there any other problems (technical, social,
> pedagogical etc) with
> > being a member of this community?
> > What do you perceive as being the greatest benefit to
> being a member?
> > thank you for taking the time to respond. If you would
> like to reply
> > privately, I have set up an email account for this
> > firstname.lastname@example.org
> > regards
> > KJ
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