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Educational Method Is Poetic

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On March 14, 1973 Eli Siegel gave the lecture Educational Method Is Poetic. In issues of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known # 1448 – 1457 this lecture is serialized, together with commentaries by editor Ellen Reiss as well as articles by teachers, and more.  This important series shows (1) how classroom education is related to things that usually seem separate from it, including love, economics, and friendship; and (2)  how children can successfully learn, how  teachers can effectively teach, how the growing difficulty learning and increasing anger in schools can be things of the past.

These issues of TRO are about the principle which is at the very basis of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method: The purpose of education is to like the world through knowing it. And they tell how that, too, is the largest purpose of everyone's life. Every subject in the curriculum, every fact taught in a classroom, is a means to like the world.

This is the educational method which for decades has succeeded magnificently while other approaches have failed and while schools have increasingly become places of anger and non-learning.

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Educational Method Is Poetic
by Eli Siegel

Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational Method"Education: Ethical and Beautiful"  / January 3, 2001;  Issue #1448

Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational Method"Education and Friendship"  /  January 10, 2001;  Issue #1449

    Aesthetic Realism is that in the history of thought which not only explains the purpose of education, and the purpose of friendship and love, but shows their purpose is the same! ... The structure of that world which we were born to like and which can so confuse us is in every aspect of every subject of the curriculum; and it is also in a person we might talk with over coffee, or embrace.
Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational Method"Education, Economics, & a World to Like"  /  January 17, 2001;  Issue #1450
    The world in which economics takes place — in which work goes on, and people live, and things are needed, manufactured, bought, sold — is the same world all education is about, and it should belong to every child, and every person. The basis of our economy should be in keeping with the purpose of life itself and education: for all people to be able to know and like the world. Because economic activity over the centuries has had a different basis, it has made for vast misery.
Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational Method"Education & What Every Child Deserves"  / January 24, 2001;  Issue #1451
    Mr. Siegel is the philosopher who explained something educators have sought after: the relation among all the subjects of education. 
Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational Method"What Education Is For"  /  January 31, 2001;  Issue #1452
    Every subject in the curriculum, every fact taught in a classroom, is a means to like the world, because it is evidence that reality is made well: the object of study, like the world it is of, is a oneness of opposites — such opposites as sameness and difference, motion and rest, the known and the unknown, freedom and order. And these opposites are in us — maybe confusingly, tumultuously.

Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational Method"Education, Large and Warm"  / February 7, 2001;  Issue #1453

"Education, Ambition, & What Millions Like"  / February 14, 2001;  Issue #1454

    If we accumulate a lot of information, are replete with degrees, yet through them do not care more for the reality all learning is about, we are really uneducated.

Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational Method"Education, Attention, & Love"  / February 21, 2001;  Issue #1455

Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational Method"For Education to Fulfill Its Purpose"  /  February 28, 2001;  Issue #1456

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Further sites and articles on education:

ButtonLeila Rosen, English Teacher, Aesthetic Realism Associate

Read: "The Success of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method: Liking the World vs. Contempt"

Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational MethodAlan Shapiro, Aesthetic Realism Associate, Jazz Pianist, Music Educator

Read: Aesthetic Realism and Music Education: "Difficulty and Ease in Wagner’s Liebestod"

Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational MethodBarbara Allen, Aesthetic Realism Consultant and Flutist

Read: “The Beginnings of Music: The Opposites in the Flute”

Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational MethodDistance Education Online: An Index for Educators

Button. Aesthetic Realism Educational MethodTerrain Gallery at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation: Papers on Art History and Criticism

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  *Literature / Poetry: Discussing many great works of poetry and prose. Criticism, wrote Eli Siegel compactly, is showing "a good thing as good, a bad thing as bad, and a middling thing as middling."   *Love:  How Aesthetic Realism describes the purpose of love—"to like the world honestly through another person." Discussion of what interferes with having real love—today and in history.  
  *Racism—the Cause & Solution: The Aesthetic Realism understanding of contempt as the cause of racism, and the place of aesthetics in respecting, pleasurably, people different from oneself.   *The Economy: Why our economic system has failed to meet the needs of the American people, and the Aesthetic Realism understanding of good will as the basis for successful and fair economics  
  *Education: The sucess of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method in having students learn to read and write—learn science, social studies, art, every subject—and be kinder, less angry, less prejudiced.   *Eli Siegel Day in Baltimore: Talks given on August 16, 2002, Eli Siegel's Centenary, placing Mr. Siegel and Aesthetic Realism, his work, in terms of world culture and history.  
  *Archives: The rich education provided by Aesthetic Realism in issues of The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known which are online.  
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