Hopefully, you've listened to the Seth Godin presentation in the last post. He makes some incredible points about education. Quote . . .
"And when we put kids in the factory called "school", the thing we built to indoctrinate them into compliance, why are we surprised that the question is, ‘Will this be on the test?’"
Measuring Compliance by Harriete Estel Berman
Godin continues: "So if someone is making art, they don’t say, 'Can I do one less canvas this month?' They don’t say, 'Can I write one less song this month?' They don't say, 'Can I touch one fewer person?' If it's art, they want to do more of it."
Education is a scary subject. You may not think so because it seems to be in the news all the time, but when personal becomes political, the system often seems to feel threatened. I've had institutions afraid to show this artwork about education. Why?
De Anza College Euphrat Museum of Art is showing
Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin.
Pick UP Your Pencils, Begin is a gigantic bell curve 28' wide and 15' tall about the impact of standardized testing on our educational system. It showed in the following exhibit:
The Art of Education
October 22 - December 7, 2012
Euphrat Museum of ArtDeAnza College
21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
The Art of Education exhibition will include the Pick UP Your Pencils, Begin by Visiting Artist Harriete Estel Berman. Additional work by De Anza & Foothill Art Faculty and Staff will highlight the diverse yet interconnected work of art faculty and staff and their educational philosophies.
This post was updated on June 22, 2022, to provide current links.