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“What Does Not Change/Is the Will to Change”-Charles Olson (from his poem, The Kingfishers)

This poem and post are beautiful reminders to remember the roots of where we each came from. It is important to let the roots dangle and check the dirt on them to see where they come from.

Ilene On Words

    

“Knowledge is the Harvest of Attention.”Charles Olson

During the 30s, 40s, 50s, there was a college set up in North Carolina called Black Mountain College, which truly stressed a liberal arts education with plenty of arts.  “Black Mountain College was born out of a desire to create a new type of college based on John Dewey’s principles of progressive education.”-blackmountaincollege.org American poet, Charles Olson was born today in 1910 and taught at Black Mountain College in the 40s and 50s. “The founders of the College believed that the study and practice of art were indispensable aspects of a student’s general liberal arts education, and they hired Josef Albers to be the first art teacher. Speaking not a word of English, he and his wife Anni left the turmoil in Hitler’s Germany and crossed the Atlantic Ocean by boat to teach art…

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

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  1. My first knowledge of this type of thinking came when I began to think about my children’s education. I had recently read somewhere that children always do better in their academics if they also are exposed to the arts. In this case they stressed music but didn’t rule out art and writing. Then I lived long enough to begin to see the arts considered as ‘extras.’ The world is a funny place when we gain knowledge only to lose it..

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