One of the complaints of folks like me when we talk to other folks like me (i.e., teachers) is that we feel like we are losing the battle with the current generation when it comes to getting and keeping attention. (“What did you say? I was listening to my iPod and watching a movie and texting a friend…”)
Couple of interesting meditations on this and related issues here:
If you were me. . . what is the right response? On the one hand, we celebrate the arts as a distinct mechanism to improve our ability to engage with a problem/idea/text deeply . . . on the other hand, voices say, “Surrender.” (See GIFTS OF THE MUSE in recommending film classes in high school, for instance)
What’s the middle ground here?