Saturday, September 22, 2007

A kind and ethical approach to health care: it exists!

These days, Americans are increasingly worried about health care. Many people have no insurance, while others have coverage that is inadequate at best. While there's growing anger at this problem, it can seem as if no one in the position to do anything about it is ready to be brave and take a stand. The article "Imagine health care that is compassionate and real," by Christopher Balchin describes what is really possible--and not only possible, for it exists in the UK. Mr. Balchin describes the ethics behind our health care crisis, as explained by Aesthetic Realism. Forward this article to everyone you know!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

The Aesthetic Realism Method in the Teaching of Art

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method, which has been used with enormous success by teachers for over 3 decades, has students learn the subjects in the curriculum with excitement and pleasure. This includes not only academic subjects, but also the arts. My colleague Donita Ellison teaches art at NYC's LaGuardia High School. Some of what she has seen about art, teaching, and the Aesthetic Realism Method is described in her blog, Aesthetic Realism; or, Why I Love Teaching Art. It is so clear from what she describes that art can be a means of young people's learning to have proud perception of the world, and knowing humanity better--including themselves.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Ellen Reiss, on the Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry

Why have people loved poetry, written it, read it--even memorized it--for centuries? As an English teacher, I love studying poetry with my classes, and I am moved by how my students respond to it. I want people to know of the writing of Ellen Reiss, the Class Chairman of Aesthetic Realism, whose study of and explanation of poetry, through the principles about beauty stated by Eli Siegel, has been an invaluable source of education for me. "Poetry," stated Mr. Siegel, "is the oneness of the permanent opposites in reality as seen by an individual." This is what Ellen Reiss describes richly in the writing here. She explains the relation of poetry--and also prose works--to the hopes, confusions, desires of people.