Wednesday, October 7, 2009


I heard the other day that it might be a good idea to let go of the idea that students have to enjoy a particular art form, or experience.

Learning requires us to live through things we might not dig. I don't enjoy every play I see, or every piece of music I hear. Why should I expect students to appreciate everything equally?

I am liberated by this idea.

Also: The Aesthetic and the Artistic in Aesthetic Education by Maxine Greene


Anonymous said...

Wow. I find this incredibly liberating as well. While they might not "like" it all, though, can they appreciate elements? And be able to pick out certain choices made by the artists? And even work with those tools or techniques themselves so that they come from a position of having made similar (or different) choices?

So, is it more about noticing deeply?

Michael Wiggins said...

Yes, I think "noticing deeply" is a useful way to put it.