Friday, 15 January 2010

He Always (Education)

Hello everyone :)

I hope you've been doin' good. :) I've been feeling a limbo lately. I need to get my artwork sorted for the CD and I'm going back to the studio on Monday to finalise the mixes and stuff. So hopefully I should be able to walk away with the CD ready to send to the replicators...meaning that I need to get my artwork sorted...eeeeek. Stressful stuff. I'm going out with Donna on Sunday to take some piccies, so hopefully we'll get some good ones from that.

Today I'm going to elocution...I couldn't go last week because of the snow. :(

I'm doing two poems in a speech and drama festival thingy. I used to do them when I was younger. I don't know if you've seen this before... lol...this is a piece of prose that I recited at one of the festivals, it was a solo piece, but we turned it into a duo for the purpose of the video...

I'm the one who looks like a boy. (Listen out for Snowy in the background - not that you can miss her!!! Lol) How 'posh' are we? ;)

Anyway, this year I'm doing the festival again. First time in...5 years I think. And I'm entering the poetry class. One is a set piece called 'Mr. Strugnell' - Wendy Cope, and the second is your own choice. So I chose one called 'He Always' - Anon. Mrs Wills showed it to me and I loved it straight away.

It goes like this...


He always
He always wanted to explain things, but no one cared.
So he drew.

Sometimes he would just draw and it wasn't anything.
He wanted to carve it in stone or write it in the sky.
He would lie out on the grass and look up in the sky, and it would be only the sky and the things inside him that needed saying.

And it was after that that he drew the picture.
It was a beautiful picture.
He kept it under his pillow and would let no one see it.
And he would look at it every night and think about it.
And when it was dark and his eyes were closed he could see it still.
And it was all of him and he loved it.

When he started school he brought it with him.
Not to show anyone, but just to have it with him like a friend.

It was funny about school.
He sat in a square brown desk like all the other square desks, and he thought it would be red.
And his room was a square, brown room like all the other rooms.
And it was tight, and close.
And stiff.

He hated to hold the pencil and chalk, with his arm stiff and his feet flat on the floor, stiff, with the teacher watching and watching.

The teacher came and spoke to him.
She told him to wear a tie like all the other other boys.
He said he didn't like them and she said it didn't matter.

After that they drew.
And he drew all yellow and it was the way he felt about the morning.
And it was beautiful.

The teacher came and smiled at him.
'What's this?', she said.
'Why don't you draw something like Ken's drawing? Isn't it beautiful?'
After that his mother bought him a tie and he always drew aeroplanes and rocket ships like everyone else.

And he threw the old picture away.

And when he lay out alone looking at the sky, it was big and blue and all of everything, but he wasn't anymore.

He was square and brown inside and his hands were stiff.
And he was like everyone else.
All the things inside him that needed saying didn't need it anymore.
It had stopped pushing.
It was crushed.

Like everything else.

It's quite long, and quite hard to learn. But I'm getting there. I love the meaning behind it. It really makes you think.

If you found it as interesting as I did then you might like this too...a friend sent it to me and I really enjoyed watching it...

Anyhow, I'd best get on stressing about artwork and learning poems and stuff. :)

Lots of love.xxxxx


Larry said...

A busy little lady, ye are! lol Stresses just mean that we are still alive and have lessons to be learned. Maybe the biggest lesson of life is learning how to learn from and handle them, imho. Oops. Philosophy usually costs 1 cent. :)

You are doing great and I am excited about your going back over to the studio Monday. Hope you have wonderful fun!

wolfgang said...

Holly, das Video mit Ken Robinson habe ich vor einiger Zeit schon mal gesehen und ich war sofort davon überzeugt, dass er auf dem richtigen Weg ist. Die Kreativität von Kindern wird schon sehr frühzeitig dadurch beschädigt, dass man ihnen eine Welt mit festen Ja und Neins vorspiegelt und sie mit Spielzeug zumüllt. Die armen Kinder kommen überhaupt nicht mehr dazu ihre eigene Kreativität zu entfalten.Die Schule gibt ihnen dann endgültig den Rest.
Gott sei Dank gibt es Auswege. Ein kleiner Kindergarten in der Nähe von Weißenburg macht mit mir zusammen alle zwei Jahre ein Programm, dass sich "Spielzeugfreier Kindergarten" (Laufzeit 3 Monate) nennt. Dabei wird das Spielzeug langsam aus dem Kindergarten entfernt (die Kinder entscheiden dabei selbst, was sie zuerst wegräumen wollen und was sie noch eine Weile behalten wollen). Während der Zeit ohne Spielzeug fangen die Kinder an in ihrer Gruppe eigene Projekte zu initiieren und dabei sind sie außerordentlich kreativ und ausdauernd. Sie schliessen sich zu größeren Spielgemeinschaften zusammen und beginnen damit sich vielmehr zu bewegen als davor, bauen aus Möbeln Türme und Verstecke, denken sich Gruppenspiele aus und sprechen deutlich mehr miteinander als zuvor.
Für die Erzieherinnen ist die Umstellung am schwierigsten. Sie dürfen ja nicht mehr vorgeben, was zu tun ist.Das machen die Kinder und die können das!
Inzwischen lieben einige Kindergärtnerinnen den Spielzeugfreien Kindergarten auch und wissen genau um was es geht, andere haben noch etwas Angst, dass sie die Kontrolle über die Kinder verlieren könnten und sie selbst überflüssig werden könnten, da sie ja nichts mehr strukturieren dürfen.
Inzwischen mache ich diese Aktion schon zum vierten Mal mit diesem Kindergarten und wir haben alle großen Spaß bei dieser Sache.

xenonrush said...

I liked Mr Pepperpot. Very clearly spoken so I guess you were doing electrocution lessons and shocking people even in those early days.

If you are reciting Mr Stugnell you might be interested to read this article about Wendy Cope's use of parody.
Wendy Cope

Will you be having your performance of 'He Always' captured on video? It would be good to see. The poem, as you say, is thought provoking and was a good lead into the excellent video of Ken Robinson which I hadn't seen before. Very good speaker. I love the ones who can carry the audience with them using humour whilst still getting the message over.
The Spielzeugfreier Kindergarten which Wolfgang writes about sounds interesting and I guess it's true, as he mentions in his last but one paragraph, that in this sort of environment and indeed in the world at large the people running it "still have some fear that they might lose control of the children and they themselves could become unnecessary". Priests and politicians have a similar fear.

Uncle Tim said...

Good luck with the CD.

One comment on creativity - I've always found rapidly approaching deadlines the best aid to creativity. I can spend weeks thinking wonderfully imaginative thoughts (honest!), but, somehow, don't get to turn them into anything useful until I absolutely have to. Sometimes creativity has to be shaped and squeezed into a box, or else it swirls brightly around for a while before gently drifting out of reach.

me said...

I read the poem with interest (but haven't found the 20mins to look at the vid yet ~ sorry!)
It certainly brings a lump to the throat first time through :(
Thinking about it for a while afterwards though....when we were young, and coming from a large and not wealthy family, we were happy to wear a uniform to school and be the same as the other children. Children can be very cruel!
Regards creativity ~ I have now worked with small children for 18 years ~ the last 10 years in a Primary school. I know 'in the olden days' we HAD to do exactly as we were instructed in creative lessons but nowadays it is wonderful to see the little ones' personalities coming through in their work. It tells so much about them. And without even having the child's name on the finished piece, we can usually tell who created the work.
However, I cannot speak for all schools!

wolfgang said...

The best work (in my opinion)about creativity and connectivity did Peter Kruse. I mentioned it last year.
But there's is a big big problem for all of us:
We will become unable to solve the tasks of our common future, despite individual creativity, because we will not be able to handle the complexity problem on this planet.
In Germany you can see this through a looking glass right now. Politicians are only producing bad metaphors in a row. On the other hand Digital Natives, the internet community, are provided with a high amount of money to solve problems, which politicians, who are really going out of business (Kopenhagen!!!), are not able to solve. While many schools and the commercials are producing millions of Kens.