That was such a wonderful and thought provoking mail.
I am writing from one such country where 50% of the population is below the poverty line.
The children who go to school from the poor families, go to Government aided schools.They have no benches to sit on.All the children sit on the floor.Most of them also have no foot wear too.Books and stationery are supplied by the goverment.Due to the water crisis, bath for such kids is a luxury.
There is the other extreme where we have the :"elite" schools.Children come to such schools in cars which range from a Benz to BMW's.The children from these schools come from upper class and affluent families, and dont have an idea of what poverty really means.
The PTA associations and school managements of such elite schools ADOPT a goverment aided school to sesnsitize the children and also encourage them to help these deprived kids.
Art is a very good way of sensitizing the children.Another good way is to let them see slides or films of children from poor countries to enable them to understand what happens in their lives.It is very difficult for children to visualise without seeing pictures.Films and art are very good tools for such education..
I look forward to the day when poverty will really be history.
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2005 12:48:39 -0400
From: Judy Decker <judy.decker@...
Subject: LIVE 8 - the Long Walk to Justice
Greetings Art Educators,
Charlot (Art Education member) sent me this link:
LIVE 8 - The Long Walk to Justice:
"Every single day, 30,000 children die, needlessly, of extreme poverty.
On July 6th, we finally have the opportunity to stop that shameful
8 world leaders, gathered in Scotland for the G8 summit, will be
presented with a workable plan to double aid, drop the debt and make
the trade laws fair. If these 8 men agree, then we will become the
generation that made poverty history." (quoted from the site)
I deliberately selected poverty stricken cultures for many of my
lessons. USA kids have no idea what real poverty is. I showed them
what schools were like in those countries as well. USA kids need to
appreciate more what they have. We need to create a generation that
cares enough to try to make a difference. More kids really need to
know. You have that power.
This quote appeared in the Ed Tech list today....
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for
others?'" - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Grants are available for service learning.... check your county
Start with your own community - it will ripple outward.
I just wanted to give you something else to think about while you plan
your units for next year.... There is SO much more we can do in ART
that can not be covered in the "core" curriculum (or doesn't get
covered in "core"). I know ART is really the CORE (but so few believe
that these days). ART has the power to make kids FEEL. I guess we
really need more "highly sensitive people" (some of you will remember
Robert Genn's newsletter about "highly sensitive people" - it was a
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