Sunday, January 23, 2005

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method

Since 1982 I have been a teacher in New York City, one of the most ethnically-diverse places on earth. In the past twenty-three years I've seen first-hand that the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method brings out greater kindness between young people, elicits their desire to be fair to each other, including those of different ethnic backgrounds, rather than mean--and this happens through study of the subject itself.
That is what happens, I'm grateful to say, in the classes I teach, one of which I'll describe soon. First, I'm including some links about this teaching method, including articles about it in the news.

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method: Students Learn, Prejudice Is Defeated!, by elementary school teacher Lori Colavito

Prejudice Changes to Respect: The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method, by junior high school teacher Barbara McClung

The Success of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method: Students Learn, Prejudice Is Defeated! by elementary school teacher and Aesthetic Realism consultant Patricia Martone

The Philippine Post has an important article by science teacher Rosemary Plumstead on the blood and how teaching this subject countered racism and encouraged respect for the world in her students.

Educational Method Is Poetic, a lecture by Eli Siegel that is a must-read for educators of all levels, is published in the journal The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known

Important websites against racism:
1. Aesthetic Realism; Or, Why I Love Teaching Art, by Donita Ellison
2. Alan Shapiro, Aesthetic Realism Associate, Jazz Pianist, Music Educator
3. Articles About Art and Life, as Explained by Aesthetic Realism, the weblog of Aesthetic Realism consultant Miriam Mondlin

AND this is the link to the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Workshop--the new semester began this past Saturday, January 22 at 12:30 pm. It takes place every other Saturday so the next class will be on February 5. You should call ahead to request to audit. I thoroughly recommend it both for new teachers and for veterans; what you learn will have you see big, new things about the subject you teach and have you better able to meet the hopes of students in 2005, including by really exciting their interest in the subject, be it math, English, history, science, physical education, or anything else.

The next public seminar on this method will take place in May. See the Chronicle of Higher Education.

My article will follow shortly.