Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Class assignment worth test weight: Grow a seed.
Not just any seed-no, no. A seed that is approximately the size of a pinhead. A seed that will be given to you at 9am in said class, to be hauled around with your plethora of junk ALL DAY without being smushed, crushed, powdered, or otherwise obliterated. A seed that will, promisedly*, grow into something wonderful and beautiful with vigilant care.
Well, I suppose I should admit at this point that I already took a seed.
And crushed it.
It was hard, okay?! Where was I supposed to put the dang thing? I had three other classes to go to, bus, work, and home-can you imagine the peril for a pinhead size object amid the chaos of bustling BYU students, clamoring UTA patrons, and impatient Alphagraphics customers? Jeopardy.
So that seed was history. Today, I admitted to my teacher that I am a loser/seed-killer and received another. Which I have been cautiously transporting all day-the saga unfolds.
Hug with Kaylie: I had to half-hug to shield it.
Study food buying: I had to make Kaylie fill up my baggie with Swedish Fish because my hands were full of seed.
Study food eating: Stupid Kaylie almost smashed it while trying to forcefully close my baggie so I wouldn't eat any more.
Studying: It required a stupid, stupid arrangement of seed on scriptures, scriptures on lap, ugh. It was stupid.
*I know promisedly is not a word. But it should be.
Oh, man! I started this post and it was going to be so clever and wonderful. But then I got distracted.
Anyway, amid all the obstacles and trails my seed survived and came out stronger because of it.
It now lives in a mug in the window sill.
I don't know what it's supposed to grow into.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
"Our schools were designed to transmit our cultural heritage to succeeding generations. And what manifestation of that heritage is more powerful, or more compelling, or more glorious, than the arts?
It’s not the purpose of education simply to prepare students for jobs. Jobs are important but they’re a by-product of a good education. A narrow-minded focus on jobs makes our young people merely pawns on the gigantic chessboard of international economic competition and ignores the very skills that tomorrow’s graduates need most: the ability to think clearly, to communicate effectively, and to solve problems by working with other people. Those are the skills, together with a thorough preparation in the basics, including the arts, that today’s employers seek.
The purpose of education is the pursuit of truth and beauty, and the development of human capacities, and the enhancement of the quality of life. And nothing in a curriculum does that better than the arts.
A nation is judged by posterity not by the size of its gross national product, nor by the destructive capabilities of its military arsenal, nor by its SAT scores, but by its contribution to the arts and humanities. It is the achievements of a people in the arts and humanities that remain when everything else is swept away by time.
…The arts exalt the human spirit. They transform the human experience. The arts are the chocolate chips in the cookie of life…"
Former National President, MENC
Doesn't this give you tingles??!
I absolutely cannot WAIT.