Friday, January 9, 2009

Contained Vision/losing the spectrum

This is a reworking of an illustration I did for Education Week some years back for an opinion piece by Mike Rose, a U.C.L.A. professor who has had a long commitment to a philosophy of education with more depth and complexity than one that relies test scores or experts' theories that leave out real world experience. In particular, he feels that teachers themselves have been left out of the debate. Mike said in that essay:

We mistake narrowness for rigor, but actually we are not rigorous enough. To acknowledge our collective capacity is to take the concept of variability seriously. Not as a neat binary distinction or as slots along a simplified cognitive continuum, but as a bountiful and layered field, where many processes and domains of knowledge interact.

Mike's current post concerns the labeling involved in the preliminaries of selecting of Obama's Secretary of Education, and a plea for involving teachers in the formation of public policy for our schools. If you are interested in education, I hope you'll check it out.

25 comments:

Tomás Serrano said...

This is a great image. I love your text too.

Matthew Smith said...

Awesome!

Ulrike said...

Love your artwork and your humour, Susan. The Barbie who snuck out to a party in Vegas especially made me laugh. Happy new year.

Bella Sinclair said...

Wise words, and an excellent illo to reflect it. Fabulous work!

ruzzlan2312 said...

Nice artworks and well balance ; an illustrator and also a writer.

Adam said...

My girlfriend is a teacher - she'd appreciate this!

Did you get the e-mail I sent to you through your 'offcial' website?

darkman said...

Nice pics.

notmassproduced said...

Hi ArtSpark - just a quick Hi to say ur pole was in my in tray at Henshaws yesterday. We had great fun opening the parcel and discovering the face u'd made. I'll stitch it round one of the poles next time at work (weds) and post some photos on my blog. Thanks so much for joining in!!

notmassproduced said...

ps - can't wait until i have a bit more time to catch up around here - i've missed some groovy stuff :o(

kyklops said...

That was an interesting link. And I liked the illustration as well! ;-)

R2K said...

: )

aimee said...

this is marvelous!

soulbrush said...

great and unique.

Vanessa Brantley Newton said...

What a great post and the illustration is wonderful! I really enjoyed reading this. Very nicely done indeed.

Megan Coyle said...

your illustrations is great and I also enjoyed looking over your 'Piedmont Avenue Windows' post

ishqia said...

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Reya Mellicker said...

My mother believed the main function of school was to keep kids off the street. College, she said, was mostly a socializing experience where people learned how to interact with other college educated people.

She was quite cynical about the whole institution.

ArtSparker said...

Reya - I'm having some sort of brain explosion here. Mike is talking about public schools, that is pre-college, and arguing that people need to not be shuttled into less deserving (of education) groups based solely on test scores. And literacy and numeracy are generally accounted good things. Home schooling, with a dedicated parent, or private schools for the wealthy, are certainly alternatives, but most people rely on public schools to educate their kids.

Paula. said...

Good idea. :) ;)

jenn's mama said...

vibrant artwork

erudite blog

thank you for opening eyes

i am a teacher

get zapped said...

Interesting concept. Love the graphic quality. Thanks for passing this along.

jene said...

Good solution in relation to the text