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I recently asked my students in a graduate art education class to
subscribe to ArtsEdNet Talk. I want them to follow threads as they occur
and to have discussion in class about issues being raised in art education.
One of the first comments a student brought up was the perceived
"rudeness" of some of the postings. This is the first opportunity for
several of these students to participate in a list and one of my objectives
is being met as they read and respond to your ideas, methods of feedback,
and general verbal jousting.
Mark Alexander, I believe, said:
<This is a list of many really creative people, speaking from so many
<different perspectives. Lets just enjoy one another. Be patient and
<forgiving of those who have risked posting opinions which may not be our
I couldn't agree more; and, BTW, more than subscribers may be reading our
comments. Access to the ArtsEdNet Talk Archives through the Getty WWW site
gives back digests, from which a search by thread, subject, date, author
may be done. Also, this list is one that AltaVista includes in searches.
If you've posted to this list try searching for your name via AltaVista.
So, our comments are available to anyone who uses the WWW. Sometimes it
seems we feel we are engaged in sharing our ideas and opinions only with
one another -- as in the cocktail party concept -- when actually we are
making our thoughts available to the entire world of the web.
Now, passion and strong opinion are to be valued. Just be willing, I think,
to have your words construed and misconstrued in a wider framework than the
cocktail party among art educators!
Professor of Art
North Georgia College
Dahlonega, GA, USA
"But we do know, not as the angels know and not as dogs know but as men,
who must know one thing through the mirror of another." Walker Percy, _The
Message in the Bottle_