“In poor urban neighborhoods youngsters want an identity. They want to know they exist in society…so they pick up a marker or a spray can and write their name. I was here. That is me.” In impoverished communities youth do not have much, if any, access to art programs. Nor can they afford to attend art schools so they turn to graffiti as a way to develop and practice their artwork. Besides being a form of self-expression, graffiti can also be therapeutic for young people who must contend with the stress of urban poverty. “It is like therapy. I may be angry one day and just go out and paint and get it all out. It is very relaxing when I am out there painting… I forget about all my problems. I forget that I am even part of this world.” _ Alex Rodriguez a.k.a. Duce, a graffiti artist and muralist from South Central Los Angeles.
Tags: art, child, self-expression, urban neighborhoods
Tags: at-risk, documentary, millennials, NCLB, public Waldorf Education, teacher, waldorf education, waldorf teaching, Waldorf-inspired
Know any teacher frustrated, pink-slipped, or eager to dial it up? *bring joy and wonder into the classroom? *learn about authentic assessment? *learn to deliver a creative, arts-infused, thematic curriculum? *weave a safety-net, a fabric of resilience, around our most in need young people and all young people? *break the cycle of failure that so many teachers and parents and students have come to accept?
1. Professional Development Course for Teachers of At-Risk Youth
Scene from CINE Golden Eagle award winning documentary about the use of Waldorf education methods in schools for at-risk students.
BRIEF EXCERPT FROM THE COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS TO THE FIRST GRADUATES OF THE MASTERS OF ART IN EDUCATION WITH AN EMPHASIS IN WALDORF EDUCATION CO-SPONSORED BY TOURO UNIVERSITY & RUDOLF STEINER COLLEGE BY DR. WILLIAM BENTO:
“Inasmuch as we may all rail against the ills of the misbegotten “No Child Left Behind” policy, it is our mandate to find a new way forward for every child. This is the riddle of our time; and unless it is genuinely sought, there will be no solid ground upon which to build the culture of the millennial generation. The time for talking about what Waldorf Education has as some kind of possession and what the rest of the world does not have is over.”
Supreme Court (+8-1Thomas) ends unconstitutional abuse of authority by school officials to humiliate children in school.Published June 26, 2009 Uncategorized Leave a Comment
Tags: children's rights, dignity, humiliation, multiple-choice tests, respect, standardized testing
High court draws line on school strip search.Why is this story relevant here in CA which is one of six states that don’t allow strip searches of students in school anyway? Not b o d i l y strip searches, but the practice in schools of m i n d strip-searches with multiple-choice tests still widespread.
“TV Causes Learning Lag in Infants”, tells us that letting children under two watch TV, regardless of the content, affects their brain development. It’s not what the TV does to them, according to this research, its what we’re not doing with them – like talking – while they and we are watching. Also makes me wonder if the focus in school on early reading, instead of oral speaking, only further hampers children’s brain development.