"I have hope that we will stop smothering the genius of children.
What gives them a chance to blossom? BEING OUTDOORS. You don't get much
feeling for history, for the Earth, when you spend twelve years in a
concrete box trying to get educated. Under those conditions, what you
become educated about are concrete boxes."
"A cobweb in the attic gathers dust, and is ugly. But a cobweb
outdoors gathers dewdrops that scintillate in the sun. Get out. Find your
hope. Read the Earth. It is an extraordinary book: full color, stereo
sound, wonderful aromas, the wind. It is an extraordinary planet."
I am anxious and available to discuss questions that you regard as
important to issues of art and ecology. I am part of a panel for two of
three discussion panels on the site, under the heading "Conversations About
Teaching Contemporary Ecological Art", available through December 5, 1997.
At Pickerington Elementary we have enjoyed incredible success and
acceptance from our educational and community policy makers. This doesn't
always happen and now I am in the process of reviewing what we did to
discover why it worked so well. Your questions will help me to do this
and, perhaps, our experiences will enable (and encourage) you to look at
your own community's environmental issues and their relation to the
children and their school environment.
I hope to hear from you soon!
Tussing Elementary School
7117 Tussing Road
Pickerington, OH 43147