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  1. Day 116: Andy, Director of Upper School Community Service

    [ By on April 05, 2013 ]

    Where do we get our ideas about what it means to be male or female? Where do our ideas of beauty come from? Are there different expectations for males and females in contemporary American society? I've been lucky enough to explore some of these questions with a great group of students -- and a very thoughtful co-teacher -- as part of a mini-course this semester on documentary film and social justice. Twice a week, five students and two teachers meet to watch documentary films and reflect on their messages. We have already watched "Miss Representation" and "Tough Guise," two films that address the questions raised above. Today, we began watching a new documentary: "The House I Live In," which focuses on ...

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  2. Day 75: Nicky, Middle & Upper School art teacher

    [ By on January 18, 2013 ]

    THE LOST & FOUND When Howard Ikemoto told his 7-year-old daughter what he did for a living - "I teach people how to draw" - her response was, "You mean they forgot?" Yes. Art can be remembering, searching, finding what is lost. So I urge students to dig deep, to uncover fertile soil. Sometimes they come up with mud. Sometimes gold. Today I learned that my students are explorers, getting lost in order to find. They’re also alchemists, magically transforming materials. As Picasso would say, they turn a yellow spot into the sun. Their art is ingenious. Sometimes I find little difference between their work and that of professionals. For example, Josette found some ...

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