"The purpose of education is to like the world through knowing it."--Eli Siegel
THE AESTHETIC REALISM TEACHING METHOD
Instructors: Barbara Allen, Lois Mason,
Arnold Perey, Patricia Martone, Rosemary Plumstead
In these definitive principles, Eli Siegel gave teachers the method, so urgently needed, to enable students to learn successfully and to replace prejudice with knowledge and good will: (1) "The purpose of education is to like the world" (Self and World, p. 5). (2) Contempt — "the lessening of what is different from oneself as a means of self-increase as one sees it" — is the greatest interference to learning and the fundamental cause of all injustice. (3)"The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites"; this magnificent principle is the means to understand every subject — reading, writing, mathematics, history, science — to see its beauty, and relate it to students' lives. The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method is making possible unprecedented changes in New York classrooms: Violence and racism at last can end! Students at every level learn — including reading — with an ease and vivid interest new in the history of education.
Alternate Saturdays, 12:30 - 2:30 PM