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Re: [art_education] Re: 9-11 Remembered

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  • Kathleen Maledon
    thoughtfully articulated....I didn t experience the parents coming in - lovely k
    Message 1 of 7 , Sep 10, 2011
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      thoughtfully articulated....I didn't experience the parents coming in - lovely k
      On Sep 10, 2011, at 11:32 AM, JJ wrote:

      Kathleen,

      I've given some thought to whether I would include 9/11 in my offerings to children. We had our first day in art yesterday so much of my energy is spent on community building and introductions to standards and expectations.

      Although my students are free to express any of their own ideas they choose because my program is based on the constructivist Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) pedagogy, I will not do a specific lesson on the events of 9/11. Our school traditionally does a Veteran's Day assembly where local vets are invited and patriotic songs are shared.

      If I'm asked, I'll cite several factors in my decision:

      1. My time with students is short - we figured out it was less than 4% of their instructional time, so most social studies/history standards are covered in their regular classroom.

      2. My program is K-5, so my students are too young to process the nuances of history that they'll pick up in later years. If I were a teacher of older grades, I would rely on sources like this one, from Teaching Tolerance:
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      http://www.tolerance.org/blog/bringing-911-classroom-useful-lessons
      >

      3. My strong views and opinions about the events leading up to 9/11 and my country's response to it would battle with my professional responsibility to remain neutral in the presence of my students. 

      4. I am careful to avoid heavy political/religious/finance discussions with my colleagues. It's as important that I not stomp on their belief structures and opinions as it is for me to avoid the distraction of intense responses - whether people agree with me or hold other positions.

      Personally, my strongest memory from that school day was the constant stream of parents who quietly came to the office, checked in as visitors, and then joined their children for a while. They just wanted to sit on the benches on the playground to watch them with their friends, to join their reading groups, or to hold their hands and join them in the dining room for lunch. The gratitude and sadness were particularly tangible that day, and I have strong memories of the gentle respect people shared with each other, both short and tall.

      Joyce
      ............
      K-5 Art Specialist (WA)

      --- In art_education@yahoogroups.com, Kathleen Maledon <kmaledon@...> wrote:
      >
      > Food for thought...On NPR today, I caught a section that talked about 
      > teachers not mentioning
      > 9/11 for a variety of reasons, political, too much for too young, 
      > etc. Just thought we should
      > all mentally articulate our reasons for or against (especially if it 
      > is in the curriculum). No
      > judgements, just thoughts k
      > On Sep 9, 2011, at 8:36 PM, Ken wrote:
      > 
      > > Ten years ago, our country experienced an attack that will always be 
      > > remembered. Shortly after the tragedy, teachers around the world 
      > > posted their memories and student images in this list group. I have 
      > > compiled them on a page on IAD. One New York student image still 
      > > brings a tear to my eye- the one that says, "I miss you Daddy."
      > >
      > > http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/news/artnews.html
      > >
      > > Ken
      > >
      > >
      > >
      >


    • art_education-owner@yahoogroups.com
      My school email won t allow me to reply directly in the art teachers listserv so I have responded to those few of you in the discussion by cutting and pasting
      Message 2 of 7 , Sep 11, 2011
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        My school email won't allow me to reply directly in the art teachers listserv so I have responded to those few of you in the discussion by cutting and pasting your emails.

        I think there are many resources available to bring about remembrance and discussion that are age appropriate. I will never allow the "time crunch" of state mandated curriculum and testing keep me from being a teacher of humanity. I will discuss 2 resources here. One for high school age and older and one appropriate for any age.

        For my high school photography classes we have watched a documentary on-line about "the falling man". It is a very thoughtful look at one particular photo that went round the world, and why it was considered so powerful in a quiet way, but also how diffucult the decision was for some news agancies to decide to release it or not. The documentary shows all the images in the sequence the photographer took so you can see how the man was actually tumbling, but the one image in which he looks calm and at peace with his "choice" was the one that meant so much to the world. They also, using the evidence from the photo, determine (pretty convincingly) who it is who is falling. It is a little longer than my 50 minute periods so we divided it up to watch and discuss over two days. It has not evoked inappropriate discussion. In fact it has led to some amazing discussions about how photography has changed the human race and how we communicate, remember and connect with others.

        Another resource, appropriate for any age students concerns the nearly 100 search and rescue dogs that were deployed by FEMA to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Ten years later, Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas tracked down the surviving fifteen, who who now live in retirement with their original handlers througout the country. She captured them in beautiful photos in a book. you can see a few on them here:

        http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/08/14/magazine/14Mag-rescue-dogs.html#1

        Barbara Davis
        Florida High
        Tallahassee FL
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