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In a message dated 96-10-16 01:17:10 EDT, you write:
<< I think when we talk about "connecting" we need to
consider not only making connections between subjects, between the
classroom and real world, but also between the subject matter and
children's own knowledge and experiences.
Where and when it is possible to point to the larger
picture, I think we must do so. Art certainly offers a wealth of
possibilities for integration. But, lets not jump blindly onto this latest
bandwagon without knowing where we're headed.>>
I couldn't agree with the first point more. And it is a point often
profoundly missing from all the talk about integration.
About blindly jumping on bandwagons: I know there is a lot of talk about
integration, but I just don't see a bandwagon here. Most schools I visit, or
where my teacher friends work, and certainly at the school where I
teach...there is no bandwagon. Lip service might be more like it. The
discrete divisions of subject matter continue to exist as they have since I
was a child... a LONG time now.