Lucy Reuther on tue 13 jan 04
I did not read Snail's comment about bowls & vases as indicating that
these students would not like to learn a new experience but that in
wanting to make something they might think "what will I do with it and
I must say that many of my students express that thought. I often hear
"I don't need, want or have room for anymore stuff". To that end I try
to find projects that they can make pieces for ie. our annual bazaar,
the empty bowls project or Janet's path would be great. So Mildred
thanks for defending "older" students but I think you misunderstood
Snail Scott on wed 14 jan 04
At 01:37 PM 1/13/04 -0500, Mildred wrote:
>I feel that I have to take exception to your remarks about older people.
>First of all, I must take you down for sounding so smug and secondly, how do
>you know that an "older person" would not get great pleasure out of
>additional knowledge and the thrill of creation...
At 02:17 PM 1/13/04 -0500, Lucy R. wrote:
>I did not read Snail's comment about bowls & vases as indicating that
>these students would not like to learn a new experience but that in
>wanting to make something they might think "what will I do with it...
Just to clarify - I'm not the one who wrote the
original post, just the response suggesting the
Potter's Path as an alternative. I do have to
give the original writer credit for what I would
consider sensitivity, though, not stereotyping.
She was trying to offer an alternative to those
students who did want to learn a new skill, but
didn't want it to result in more 'stuff' around
the house. I also have had students, many of them
'older' students, who considered their choice
of projects in terms of 'What can I justify
adding to my house, because I don't need more
nicknacks'. To be sure, this isn't the case
with every older student, nor is it unknown
among younger students, but I have observed a
general trend that way.
Whether these assumptions are truly accurate or
not (and surely neither of us intended them as
a blanket statement about every older student,)
I'd like to think that the well-intentioned
thoughtfuless of the original writer (misplaced
or not) would not result in scorn.