“Interesting to see, when a kid walks in the room – your child or anybody’s child – does your face light up? That’s what they’re looking for! When my children used to walk in the room, when they were little, I would look at them to see if they had buckled their trousers or if their hair was combed. You think your affection and deep love is on display because you are caring for them. But when they see you, they see the critical face. “What’s wrong now?” But then, if you let your face speak what’s in your heart, as I tried to do from then on…when they walk in the room they know you are just glad to see them.” – Toni Morrison
This is such a powerful clip to listen to and think on for teachers and parents alike. What does each child sense of their value from my face, tone of voice, and body language? What does each child learn about how they matter as a result of the quality of my presence? In the hustle and bustle (and sometimes chaos and pressure) of the holiday season (traveling! gifts! dinners! special events!)…who in your life (child or adult) needs to see your face light up? Who needs to see on your face that they matter to you?
This two-minute video uses photographs and music to give one artist’s rendition of the history of the world. The juxtaposition of images, instruments, rhythm, and volume pull the viewer onto the stage of humanity. The short video makes you feel (you shiver, your breath catches, you ache and marvel) the profound impact of our history and the roads we have traveled and have yet to venture down. Art is, as Herman Melville once said, “the objectification of feeling.” In a digital world of rapidly advancing technology and the proliferation of devices – we are running the risk of losing our emotional depth and intelligence. Art in all its forms (painting, drawing, photographing, sculpting, performing, writing, composing, etc.) is the evidence of the spectrum of deep and broad human feeling. Here is an example of innovation, creativity, artistic and visionary thinking that some of our schools run the risk of abandoning. Our children need the skills to create using the new tools our world has designed, they need to develop and explore their emotional intellect, they need to express feeling…in any or many or all of the artistic forms available to or invent-able by them.