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[ Thread ][ Subject ][ Author ][ Date ]Haydee Martinez
Wed, 22 Oct 1997 17:55:16 -0700 (MST)
On the website, there's a question which says "What approaches do
you use to teach about life-centered issues and ecological art?"
With the abundance of lawsuits in our society teachers often
refrain from talking about llife-centerd issues. I personally feel that
teachers are afraid to touch upon the subjects that aren't directly
involved with academic files. Art apparently seems to be a good approach
to diminishing the "narrow-mindedness" of some children. Furthermore, it
allows them to open up a little a deal with the issues that concern them.
In using art as a resource, as teachers we have to be careful to
not introduce material and issues unappropriate for the children's age
such as too much violence or nudity. We have to be vary open-minded
ourselves as long as we don't create problems between what parents
accept teachers to teach and what they don't. Art allows us to
approach these issues in an indirect fashion. For instance, a work can
start a conversation bewtween the students and get them involved. That is
exactly what you want to do as a teacher instead of letting them know that
you're preaching to them in some way.