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Re: The value of art in the inner city schools

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Wed, 7 Oct 1998 20:15:38 EDT

I took 4 years off from teaching to run a group home for teenage boys on
probation. My husband & I lived with 6 boys ages 12-17. My son was born
there and when he turned 2, I thought that maybe it was time to move on....
Dinner conversations about "what I did at the detention center" shouldn't be
thought of as normal..... I'm glad I lived there, but am also glad I'm back
to teaching. It gave me a good perspective on the troubled kids, and I find
myself often referring kids to the social worker who seem to be heading down a
similar path as the boys in my home. Even 'bad' kids need to feel good about
something in their lives, every human deserves that. Maybe if we can get them
to focus their energy and creativity on art they won't need to spend it doing
horrible things. I think it is great you are willing to work where you do.
In Cicero I feel like I can bring something to these kids that they won't get
at home. They love art. They often applaud when I come into their rooms.
Most people wouldn't choose to work in this neighborhood, but they don't know
what they are missing! Keep up the good work. You may be the best part of
the week for many of your kids.
:) Laura

In a message dated 10/7/98 12:59:00 AM Central Daylight Time,
BluesTruth writes:

<< Maggie-
THANK YOU. I would love to debate the subject with anyone who want to debate
with me. My week was extremely difficult, but no different than any other
week; yet I go back to the same school, year after year after year. I would
be less than human if there were days I wish I wasn't there. Somehow, if I
left, I would miss the kids terribly. (Crazy, isn't it?) I used to work in
Cabrini Green Housing projects in Chicago. I used to duck the bullets as I
ran for my car after work. Should we teach them art, as you asked.?
Yes...and no. They are no easy answers. I search for meaning to what I
do...and I still do not know . I can't remake the world.
Bluestruth >>