Re: [art_education] Re: 9-11 Remembered
- 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: