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Re: Art activities to teach other cultures

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lindacharlie (lindacharlie)
Thu, 08 Oct 1998 21:50:11 -0500


Maggie White wrote:
>
> there are
some 700 cultural and linguistic groups in Africa. _Which_ groups'
masks
are you replicating? Ditto which Indian tribe's "wigwam" are you
making?).
I'm sure the intent behind many of these "cultural" activities is
sincere, but I wish people would think a little more about what they're
trying to teach.

We might be trying to help 5 or 6-yr-olds understand why Americans
celebrate Thanksgiving. Building on prior knowledge starts with a
foundation - one block at a time. Before children can understand
hundreds of subgroups in a given culture, they must a) learn that the
culture exists and has a history; and b) learn to count. Your approach
would certainly make sense in the 5th grade when students have developed
more abstract mathematical understandings and study American History.
Linda in MI