Devorah Tarrow, Aesthetic Realism consultant, writes:
Thursday, Nov. 2nd, from 6:30 PM to 8 PM, there will be a seminar that has answers parents, administrators, and teachers are desperate for—“The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Relates Self, Subject, World—& Students Learn!” Teachers of math, history, and science, from elementary through high school, will present lessons from their own NYC classrooms, showing how this method brings forth students’ ability to learn—including in economically ravaged neighborhoods.
The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method reaches even the most disheartened students, enabling them to see real, exciting meaning in the subjects of the curriculum and to learn with genuine enthusiasm. The basis is this principle stated by Eli Siegel, founder of Aesthetic Realism:
“The world, art, and self explain each other: each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites.”
As students see through the subjects they study that the world itself has a structure, the oneness of opposites, which makes sense and has beauty in it, their anger and cynicism change. Not only do they learn successfully, but they become kinder: students see that others they’ve felt were very different are also trying to put opposites together. Through this method, students of diverse ethnic backgrounds, who have looked down on and even fought with one another, come to respect and truly care for each other. This method is what American education needs now!