Sally, you are right. I guess I was just tired. Tired of crying, tired of
hate, tired of keeping a happy face on for the little ones. We had a
lockdown at our school because a bank was robbed nearby and the authorities
were afraid the man was in our neighborhood. All we knew for a while was
that there was an emergency and helicopters were overhead. We had to lock
ourselves and our little ones in our classrooms for two hours. It was just
more tension we and the kids didn't need.
I will not leave this list. It has helped me so much.
>> Now, how does this apply to teaching art? We are in the process of training
>> young minds to stretch and reach for ideas that no one else has thought of.
>> We are trying to train these young people to see that world from many points
>> of view. How can we do that for them if we can't do that for ourselves?
>> We're trying to teach those in our charge that the world can be expressed
>> through art. To do that, we have to have a forum to express ourselves.
>> I'm going to keep right on reading. I may not always agree. I may agree
>> wholeheartedly. But I listen and am glad that here is a place where we can
>> be heard and where others can respond to the hurt, the joy, to life. So for
>> me - keep venting, keep up the humor, keep up the postings little and small
>> that make us all stop and think. If it's something I don't want to read,
>> I'll delete it. The bottom line is - I need to think. If I can't think, I
>> can't teach. If I can't see other points of view, I can't convince my
>> students to do the same.
>> And after all - I'm a teacher.
>> My two cents (times 20)