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Ahimsa Center K 12 Teacher Institute Title of Lesson Designing a Civilization for an Art Room Lesson By Airisenne Osterreich Grade Level Subject Areas Class Size Time Duration of Lesson 5 6 7 8 Art 30 3 40 minute classes Guiding Questions What is the object goal of an established civilization What was an essential element to Gandhi s understanding of a civilization What are the true purposes of being in an art class How will it help students to define a civilization for an art class Lesson Abstract The primary purpose of this lesson is to establish a truly effective way to maintain class management in the art room This could be done by establishing a civilization in the classroom using a balanced Gandhian system including success as a student learning techniques existing among other students and appreciating one s individual method of expression Lesson Content The primary discussion of this essay is to apply the Gandhian principles of civilization to an art classroom for children The success and management of an art room is unique given the materials and nature of what is being learned Any teacher or parent will emphasize the importance of establishing rules for children Children need to know their limits and the consequences for crossing boundaries In a classroom rules are typically established and posted on the wall Later they are referenced when doling out detentions stern faces and suspensions An established active true civilization within the classroom could create a productive nonviolent environment for artistic learning Mohandas Gandhi has become an icon symbol and practically a patriarch of nonviolence as an action The idea of being actively nonviolent rather then a pacifist or a passive resister was what brought Britain to its imperialist knees and allowed Indians to enjoy the legal daily freedom they already experienced in their hearts Gandhi understood without a doubt that India should belong to Indians and that a violent revolution would at best bring violent dictatorship that there is no connection between the means and the end is a great mistake In other words what they have obtained is an exact result of the means they adopted Parel 1997 pg 81 82 Gandhi worked his whole life to advocate for equality and peace He constantly experimented with ways to understand people ways to live life as an individual and ways to live life as a civilization When India regained its independence it split into Pakistan and India Unfortunately but predictably this produced intense rioting 15 million refugees and the death of hundreds of thousands of Indians Fischer 1954 pg 171 Gandhi was killed in 1948 having lived less than a year under Indian Independence He spent approximately 54 years dedicated to the pursuit of equality social justice and freedom He considered nonviolence and therefore Page 1 of 3 truth as the one and only means to attain such human rights Had he begun his work at the beginning of India s independence with fervor for civilization as he had for independence who knows how the world would be changed Rights cannot be gained in a vacuum no matter how nonviolent one is People exist in civilizations and an ideal civilization was never spelled out for India Gandhi was deeply saddened at the state of India well before the partition of two nations It is my deliberate opinion that India is being ground down not under the English heel but under that of modern civilization Parel 1997 pg 42 Gandhi felt the population was turning away from their spirituality while turning towards an industrialized materialized world Sadly this materialization leads to holding bodily welfare on a pedestal and this leads to internal and external violence Materialism in other words is fundamentally linked to violence Nagler 2004 pg 214 Gandhi understood civilization as that mode of conduct which points out to man the path of duty Parel 1997 pg 67 To understand duty we need to understand its opposite Duty is not chaos destruction passivity or survival These behaviors might be our inclination but they cannot be our reason for being Therefore we have the idea of duty as a positive action against our instincts A true civilization should outline how this is achieved and thus we have from Gandhi that civilization is a direction our action take against our instincts The final bridge of this discussion as it relates to the classroom is to understand what that duty is for As in what are the goals of civilization what is the duty exactly and why is it important Gandhi felt that there were four primary objects of civilization These are Power and wealth Pleasure including aesthetics Ethics behavior towards others and Spirituality behavior in relation to transcendent Anthony Parel Lecture July 15 2009 Where modern civilization has failed is maintaining a balance within these goals An example of a civilization gone wrong is where the people of the United States have put an unequal value on wealth and pleasure while systematically marginalizing spirituality This civilization takes note neither of morality nor of religion Parel 1997 pg 37 While it is arguable that Gandhi s goals and objectives could be used in a classroom and school it would be more relevant and experimental to establish congruent goals for a growing mind To begin rather then establish power and wealth as a goal to be balanced let us substitute being a successful student It is perfectly acceptable to understand the student that wants to maintain their perfect grade average just as we can understand the goal of power and wealth Secondly rather then a goal of general pleasure we can understand the goal in the art room is to learn different ways to expressive themselves visually The third goal follows the idea of ethics however in the art room we have many ways to practice this goal We can define it as existing among one s peers in a successful manner that allows creativity Lastly rather then touch on the daring topic of the transcendent we shall work towards an intrinsic appreciation for one s method of visual expression As in they will value their work and therefore themselves The argument for an established civilization lies in a common teacher anecdote A class full of students watches as the teacher points to the rules as they look at the angry pointed finger wondering why actually it s such a big deal to put paint on their face They key is that they Page 2 of 3 don t know the goals of the art room so putting paint on their face does not seem


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