Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I am posting photographs on Flickr.com under the name yankeelake4. Photography is one of the arts I have a lot of feeling for. When I am in the midst of everyday life and I see a composition of things that is moving or a sudden show of color or contrasts that stand out, I love to try to take a photo to preserve that moment forever.

I have learned from Aesthetic Realism's founder, Eli Siegel, that photography puts together opposites -- such as
the moment and all time. I find that a thrilling idea.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Teaching the Miracle Worker - Part Three

There was a lively discussion about a later scene in Act II between Annie and James, Helen’s step-brother. Annie has been teaching Helen in the summer house very intensively, and Helen has been making some progress. But James is cynical and mocking—and from the beginning has shown he is against this whole attempt to have Helen learn anything. Arnold Cintron—who earlier complained bitterly about any reading assignment—now was tremendously affected by how James often responds coolly. We saw that James is actively against—he is determined to find the world not so good. When Annie says to him, “That little imp is dying to know.” James says, “Know what?”

Annie: Anything. Any and every crumb in God’s creation.
James: Maybe she’ll teach you.
Annie: Of course.
James: That she isn’t, that there’s such a thing as dullness of heart. Acceptance. And letting go. Sooner or later we all give up, don’t we?
Annie: Maybe you all do. It’s my idea of original sin.
James: What is?
Annie: (witheringly) Giving up.
James: (nettled) You won’t open her. Why can’t you let her be? Have some—pity on her, for being what she is—
Annie: If I ever once thought like that, I’d be dead!


The class was excited to see: it matters to Annie Sullivan that Helen Keller learns; she’s for it without reservation and against anything in Helen’s way. The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method makes it possible for every teacher to see—and I say this with the gratitude of my entire life—there is something to be completely for in every student, and something to be entirely against--not in order to be superior, but to bring out their strength and desire to like the world, which is the same as their desire to learn. Do we believe that our students, with all the things they face, want to like the world? We are crippled in the classroom if we do not.

Annie Sullivan believes that with all Helen's willfulness, she wants to be opposed and desperately wants her desire to learn brought out. "Are we all like that?" I asked, "Do we want someone who'll be for and against us in a way that will make us stronger?"

My students were greatly moved by the final scene which takes place after a tremendous fight. Helen has knocked over a pitcher in anger and Annie Sullivan takes her to the pump to refill it. As Helen pumps, “Annie takes over the handle to keep water coming, and does automatically what she has done many times before, spells into Helen’s free palm:

Annie: Water. W, a, t, e, r. Water. It has a—name—"

The playwright tells us:

And now the miracle happens. Helen drops the pitcher on the slab under the spout. It shatters. She stands transfixed. Annie freezes on the pump handle. There is a change in the sundown light, and with it a change in Helen’s face, some light coming into it we have never seen there, some struggle in the depths behind it; and her lips tremble, trying to remember something the muscles around them once knew, till at last it finds its way out, painfully, a baby sound buried under the debris of years of dumbness.

Helen: Wah. Wah.

Helen plunges her hand into the dwindling water, spells into her own palm. Then she gropes frantically, Annie reaches for her hand, and Helen spells into Annie’s hand.

Annie: (whispering) Yes.


Although Helen Keller was never able to see or hear, she learned five languages, English, Latin, Greek, German, and French. She graduated from Radcliffe College and became an author, lecturing all over the world not only on behalf of the blind, but for justice to all people. She wanted to know the world's diversity through touch and smell and thought with a passionate love. In The Story of My Life, her first book, written when she was 22, she wrote:

When I read the finest passages of the Iliad, I am conscious of a soul-sense that lifts me above the narrow, cramping circumstances of my life....[K]nowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge--broad deep knowledge--is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heartthrobs of humanity throughout the centuries….(109, 103)

Because she wanted so much to be affected and to learn, Helen Keller is loved and admired all over the world.

My students respected Annie Sullivan very much and said they want to be like her. In essays, they wrote about her persevering and having a beautiful determination to have Helen learn, although people, including Helen herself and those close to her, were against this.

They saw they have to be against contempt, including in themselves, in order to be for the world. Seeing the oneness of for and against in drama and in the world, my students were better able to make a relation between for and against in themselves and in their knowing each other. Instead of fighting—as days passed they listened more thoughtfully to each other, and they also stood up for their own opinions. They talked frankly about criticisms they have of how boys and girls see each other and they were good-naturedly criticizing themselves. It was a pleasure to be with them, and now that the semester has passed, I miss them!

Nearly every student in my classes passed every quiz and test in this unit. Most had an average of at least 80. When I commented on how well everyone did on one test in particular, Johnny Diaz, who in the past found it hard to express himself in writing said, "We like it." Louis Ramos, a young man whose family life had been turbulent, said with shame early in the semester that he was slow and couldn't learn like his classmates. One day during a discussion he stood up at his desk and said, "Last year, I just didn't get it. I didn't know what was going on and I just didn't get it. But now I understand! I understand and it's because of the way you teach!"

I want teachers everywhere to know what I am so grateful to have learned. When they do, education will have a renaissance!
* * * * *
Works Cited:
Aesthetic Realism Class, Aesthetic Realism as Beauty: Drama, 1951.
Gibson, William. The Miracle Worker. New York: Bantam Books, 1968.
Keller, Helen. The Story of My Life, Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1904.
Reiss, Ellen. “The Answer for Education; the Solution to Prejudice,” The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known. New York.
Siegel, Eli. Four Statements of Aesthetic Realism. New York: Aesthetic Realism Foundation, 1967.



More Information About Aesthetic Realism:

For classes and events, go to the website of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. You can also learn about the current Terrain Gallery exhibition.

The writing of Rosemary Plumstead on science education, Donita Ellison on art and Leila Rosen on English are essential. Each of these educators is an authority on the crisis in education and what can have young people really learn in America today.

The Aesthetic Realism Online Library contains essays, lectures, and critical works by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism.

There you can see articles in newspapers and journals about Aesthetic Realism. There is also information about the Eli Siegel Collection, Eli Siegel's 25,000 volume library.

In 1955 Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites? was published. I have carried this broadside in museums in New York and London and these 15 questions, beautiful in themselves, have opened my eyes to what you find there.


Find out more about Eli Siegel.

Read my statement in Countering the Lies. This website was created to tell the truth about Aesthetic Realism. Here you can see the statements of many many people, giving their careful opinions- including the mayor of Baltimore, and a member of Congress.

The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known ,edited by Ellen Reiss, is a bi-weekly journal which serializes lectures by Eli Siegel. The editor's commentary relates what is in the lectures to our time.

Ellen Reiss teaches the Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry Class and professional classes for consultants and associates. Barbara McClung and Lauren Phillips tell about one of these on a subject of great importance, ADHD. Read more here.

In Racism Can End Ellen Reiss describes the state of mind at the root of all racism and what must be seen for that to change permanently.

The great English poet, John Keats was maligned by the press in his day. Ellen Reiss uses this to give perspective to current matters.

Renowned columnist Alice Bernstein writes on civil rights and culture. She is the editor of Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism.

Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology is the website of Arnold Perey. He is the author of Gwe, a novel against racism, and the children's book, Were They Equal? published by Waverly Press.

Aesthetic Realism Resources has articles on love, the arts, economic justice, the questions of men, women, parents, and many other topics of interest.

The photographs of Len Bernstein are powerful, beautiful, often very surprising. Len Bernstein: Photographic Education Based on the Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel. He tells of how his artistic eye has been educated by Aesthetic Realism.

At Lynette Abel: Aesthetic Realism and Life you can find out about the great education for women that is in Aesthetic Realism and her report of a class on a play about World War I, The Miracle at Verdun, is one of the most stirring anti-war statements I have ever read.

Miriam Mondlin is a writer on economic justice, unions, and she is an authority on the subject of stuttering. Go to Aesthetic Realism and Self-Expression.

The beloved Scottish poet, Robert Burns, is a person whose art and passion Ellen Reiss shows the relevance of for our time.

More links

Steve Weiner's blog has a terrific paper: Simplicity and Complexity: Roy Lichtenstein's “Stepping Out.”

For my website go to Aesthetic Realism & Our Lives by my husband, Christopher Balchin, and me.

How Can Racism End? is Christopher's blog in the US. In the UK, it is Aesthetic Realism Is True.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Eli Siegel's Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method

See articles on the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method at my website (shared with my husband, Christopher Balchin).

Friday, September 23, 2005

Important Resources

This is an upcoming musical event that I'm very excited to be taking part in:
I hope you can come.
And here are some links I see as important:

Aesthetic Realism in the News

Friends of Aesthetic Realism--Countering the Lies

Aesthetic Realism is Education

Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Teaching the Miracle Worker - Part Two

For and Against; Closeness and Clash—in an American Play and Us

To show the effect of the Aesthetic Realism teaching method I now describe what my ninth grade English classes learned as we read and discussed William Gibson's 1959 play The Miracle Worker. In it we meet the child Helen Keller who as a baby is able to hear and see, but through a terrible illness at one and a half becomes deaf and blind. Her life changes with the coming to her home in Tuscumbia, Alabama of a young woman from Boston, Annie Sullivan, who as a child was herself blind. After tremendous struggle, frustration, times she is ready to give up—and often with opposition from Helen’s own family—Annie Sullivan succeeds in teaching Helen Keller how to comprehend language, freeing the little girl from what Miss Keller described years later in her autobiography as “my long night.”(Keller, 9)

This play is a rich study in two big opposites which I have learned from Aesthetic Realism are at the very basis of drama—for and against or closeness and clash. And these are the same opposites my students were thirsty to understand. I wanted them to see they could be against something in the world accurately in order to be for the world and respecting it, not just be against everything sloppily, in a way that made them ashamed and hurt them. I knew it was an emergency for them to see that in order to respect ourselves, we have to be for and against things beautifully, in a way that makes us proud; and we can learn from this play about how! And as they saw that these are opposites that make this play so powerful they were able to read with deep comprehension, eager to discuss it, and to write clear, deep essays about it.

As we began the play I read to the class these sentences from Eli Siegel’s landmark lecture of 1951 “Aesthetic Realism as Beauty: Drama”:

In the drama there has to be some feeling of fight, however faint; but the fight is never of strangers; there is always, when drama is most dramatic, a fight of people who are for each other….The drama occurs any time we have this feeling of closeness and clash. Those are the two things: the cl’s: closeness and clash, with the clash and the closeness intertwining. It occurs in ever so many ways.

They saw that in Act Two, for and against, closeness and clash take place at the breakfast table. It is morning, the day after Miss Sullivan has arrived from Boston, and the family and new teacher are eating breakfast. We see that young Helen, now age 12, unable to communicate, has grown wild and tyrannical.

Captain Keller, Helen’s father, and his teenage son, James, who are talking and Kate, Helen’s mother, who is reading, are oblivious to Helen, who walks around the table, poking with her hand, grabbing scrambled eggs out of plates as she finds them. But when she reaches for Miss Sullivan's eggs, she finds opposition and the two struggle over the plate. I asked the class, “How does the playwright present for and against, closeness and clash in this scene?” Helen is grabbing at Annie Sullivan’s plate, and Miss Sullivan grips her wrists—

Keller: Let her this time, Miss Sullivan, it's the only way we get any adult conversation. If my son’s half merits that description. (He rises.) I'll get you another plate.
Annie: (gripping Helen) I have a plate, thank you.
Kate: (calling) Viney! I'm afraid what Captain Keller says is only too true, she'll persist in this until she gets her own way.
Keller: Viney, bring Miss Sullivan another plate--
Annie: (stonily) I have a plate, nothing's wrong with the plate, I intend to keep it.
James: Ha! See why they took Vicksburg?
Keller: (uncertainly) Miss Sullivan. One plate or another is hardly a matter to struggle with a deprived child about.

Kate: You don’t know the child well enough yet, she’ll keep—
Annie: I know an ordinary tantrum well enough when I see one, and a badly spoiled child—
James: Hear, hear.

Arnold Cintron said, “This is a fight!” “Right,” I said. “And where are for and against in the lines we just heard? Captain Keller is seemingly for Helen in allowing her to have Annie’s plate.” “Yes,” Maggie Martin said, “Captain Keller thinks Helen should just do whatever she wants, and Annie Sullivan thinks she should get some discipline."

"Do you think that plate stands for the world?” I asked. “Are they arguing about how Helen should be encouraged to treat the world—to do whatever she likes with it or try to be fair to it? Is the closeness and clash about whether the world, which it could seem has been so harsh to Helen, still deserves her respect?" "That's right!" said Tamara Daniels excitedly.

I asked the class, "Why does Miss Sullivan think Helen should eat out of her own plate sitting at the table like everyone else? Just to control her, or is it something deeper?” “Yes, she wants her to have some respect!" said Alfonso.

"Why?" I asked. "Does she want Helen Keller to do something different from grabbing with that hand? Does she want her to use herself to know things? With all the fighting, is she very much for Helen? In the play she says to Captain Keller, ‘I treat her like a seeing child because I ask her to see, I expect her to see….’ Who is kinder to Helen, Annie Sullivan or her parents?" I asked. Dennis Wilkins said, "Her mother--she loves her." "No!" Tamara Daniels said, "Annie Sullivan is. She was blind herself so she knows how she feels. She doesn't want her to be spoiled—she wants her to learn. That's kinder!” I asked, “Are we interested in Helen Keller because we feel, even while she is different from us, we are like her? Do you think she lashes out because she is so angry and pained that she can’t make sense of the world or herself? Have we ever felt anything like that?” “Yes,” they said, and the whole class was taking part, including Julissa, who had been so mute.

Part Three - coming soon


More Information About Aesthetic Realism:

For classes and events, go to the website of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. You can also learn about the current Terrain Gallery exhibition.

The writing of Rosemary Plumstead on science education, Donita Ellison on art and Leila Rosen on English are essential. Each of these educators is an authority on the crisis in education and what can have young people really learn in America today.

The Aesthetic Realism Online Library contains essays, lectures, and critical works by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism. There you can see articles in newspapers and journals about Aesthetic Realism. There is also information about the Eli Siegel Collection, Eli Siegel's 25,000 volume library.

In 1955 Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites? was published. I have carried this broadside in museums in New York and London and these 15 questions, beautiful in themselves, have opened my eyes to what you find there.

Find out more about Eli Siegel. Read my statement in Countering the Lies. This website was created to tell the truth about Aesthetic Realism. Here you can see the statements of many many people, giving their careful opinions- including the mayor of Baltimore, and a member of Congress.

The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known ,edited by Ellen Reiss, is a bi-weekly journal which serializes lectures by Eli Siegel. The editor's commentary relates what is in the lectures to our time.

Ellen Reiss teaches the Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry Class and professional classes for consultants and associates. Barbara McClung and Lauren Phillips tell about one of these on a subject of great importance, ADHD. Read more here.

In Racism Can End Ms. Reiss describes the state of mind at the root of all racism and what must be seen for that to change permanently.

The great English poet, John Keats was maligned by the press in his day. Ellen Reiss uses this to give perspective to current matters.

Renowned columnist Alice Bernstein writes on civil rights and culture. She is the editor of Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism.

Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology is the website of Arnold Perey. He is the author of Gwe, a novel against racism, and the children's book, Were They Equal? published by Waverly Press.

Aesthetic Realism Resources has articles on love, the arts, economic justice, the questions of men, women, parents, and many other topics of interest.

The photographs of Len Bernstein are powerful, beautiful, often very surprising. Len Bernstein: Photographic Education Based on the Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel. He tells of how his artistic eye has been educated by Aesthetic Realism.

At Lynette Abel: Aesthetic Realism and Life you can find out about the great education for women that is in Aesthetic Realism and her report of a class on a play about World War I, The Miracle at Verdun, is one of the most stirring anti-war statements I have ever read.

Miriam Mondlin is a writer on economic justice, unions, and she is an authority on the subject of stuttering. Go to Aesthetic Realism and Self-Expression.

The beloved Scottish poet, Robert Burns, is a person whose art and passion Ellen Reiss shows the relevance of for our time.

More links

Steve Weiner's blog has a terrific paper: Simplicity and Complexity: Roy Lichtenstein's “Stepping Out.”

For my website go to Aesthetic Realism & Our Lives by my husband, Christopher Balchin, and me.

How Can Racism End? is Christopher's blog in the US. In the UK, it is Aesthetic Realism Is True.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Teaching the Miracle Worker - Part One

I wrote this paper eight years ago and I am proud that it was part of a seminar on education at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. William Gibson's powerful, moving drama about the childhood of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan has been tremendously popular, and is often taught in junior high school and high school English and drama classes. This paper was published by the New York State English Council, and I presented it together with my colleague Leila Rosen in the yearly NYSEC conference. I am proud to serialize it here. (The names of my students have been changed.)


The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method Explains Why Students Don't Learn And How They Can!

In New York and elsewhere, teachers are concerned, perplexed and even bitter about their students; in the lounge they ask each other on their prep periods: "Why don't they learn?" They try various new techniques, introduce rap as a means of learning math, read articles about current issues in English class, but are discouraged again because the dullness and restlessness return--something big doesn't happen. The beautiful, sought- after answer is right here. In my eleven happy years as a New York City teacher, 8 of them in Bushwick, one of the most hard hit, toughest areas of Brooklyn, I have seen unequivocally Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism, has explained with infinite kindness and clarity why students don't learn and how, with real ease and pleasure, they can!

Aesthetic Realism scientifically explains the cause of a person's inability to learn at any age--it is, as the flyer for this seminar states, "the ordinary, yet devastating desire for contempt"--the "disposition in every person to think he will be for himself by making less of the outside world." Students can feel, furiously, that in a world that has racism, where it is so hard to make enough money to live, where your family cannot afford to pay for a doctor and medicine, that you are smart not to be affected by things, that reading plays, writing compositions, or studying English grammar is useless junk, a waste of time.

Class Chairman of Aesthetic Realism Ellen Reiss explains with compassion in The Right Of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known #1184:
[Contempt] is the cause of all learning difficulty; for there is a feeling in people, This messy world is not good enough to get within me. Peter, age 10, now looking at letters, does not see what they spell because he unknowingly feels they are representatives of a world he should despise and keep away from.

The students in my English class last fall at Norman Thomas High School come from all the boroughs of New York and their neighborhoods are very different from the one the school is in on Park Avenue and 33rd Street. They have seen their families struggle just to get by; some have even seen people killed on the street; and they are very worried about their own future. When they walked into the classroom, I saw two things--students sized each other up suspiciously, ready to be against somebody, insulted by a look; and there was also a general dullness and weariness in these 14 and 15 year olds. Julissa sat staring listlessly in front of her, and when I asked her a question, she looked at me and said nothing at all. In both their outward anger and their inward retreating, I saw they had already made up their minds that this world was against them--and the way to take care of themselves was to be against it.

Many of my students had trouble reading and retaining what they read. For example, when reading aloud, Sonya and Miguel often would say correctly the beginning of a two or three syllable word, but then, not understanding, make up the rest. Some students, coming across a word they didn't know, would get a look of fear, say "whatever," and go on. Arnold Cintron loudly groaned, partly in scorn and partly in real pain, at any suggestion of reading or writing: "Do we really have to?"

What would have my students like words, see them as mattering, and want to get them in their minds--to read with pleasure and excitement? I learned, and this is the basis of the method I'm proud to use, that no matter how cynical, indifferent, scornful, against the world a young person is, his or her deepest desire is to see value in the world, to be honestly for it, to like it as much as possible. Every subject in the curriculum is a means to do this, and that was my purpose as my 9th grade English classes studied the drama with this great principle, stated by Eli Siegel as our basis: "All beauty is a making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves."

Coming Soon:

For and Against; Closeness and Clash--in an American Play and Us





More Information About Aesthetic Realism:

For classes and events, go to the website of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. You can also learn about the current Terrain Gallery exhibition.

The writing of Rosemary Plumstead on science education, Donita Ellison on art and Leila Rosen on English are essential. Each of these educators is an authority on the crisis in education and what can have young people really learn in America today.

The Aesthetic Realism Online Library contains essays, lectures, and critical works by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism. There you can see articles in newspapers and journals about Aesthetic Realism. There is also information about the Eli Siegel Collection, Eli Siegel's 25,000 volume library.

In 1955 Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites? was published. I have carried this broadside in museums in New York and London and these 15 questions, beautiful in themselves, have opened my eyes to what you find there.

Find out more about Eli Siegel. Read my statement in Countering the Lies. This website was created to tell the truth about Aesthetic Realism. Here you can see the statements of many many people, giving their careful opinions- including the mayor of Baltimore, and a member of Congress.

The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known ,edited by Ellen Reiss, is a bi-weekly journal which serializes lectures by Eli Siegel. The editor's commentary relates what is in the lectures to our time.

Ellen Reiss teaches the Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry Class and professional classes for consultants and associates. Barbara McClung and Lauren Phillips tell about one of these on a subject of great importance, ADHD. Read more here.

In Racism Can End Ms. Reiss describes the state of mind at the root of all racism and what must be seen for that to change permanently.

The great English poet, John Keats was maligned by the press in his day. Ellen Reiss uses this to give perspective to current matters.

Renowned columnist Alice Bernstein writes on civil rights and culture. She is the editor of Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism.

Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology is the website of Arnold Perey. He is the author of Gwe, a novel against racism, and the children's book, Were They Equal? published by Waverly Press.

Aesthetic Realism Resources has articles on love, the arts, economic justice, the questions of men, women, parents, and many other topics of interest.

The photographs of Len Bernstein are powerful, beautiful, often very surprising. Len Bernstein: Photographic Education Based on the Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel. He tells of how his artistic eye has been educated by Aesthetic Realism.

At Lynette Abel: Aesthetic Realism and Life you can find out about the great education for women that is in Aesthetic Realism and her report of a class on a play about World War I, The Miracle at Verdun, is one of the most stirring anti-war statements I have ever read.

Miriam Mondlin is a writer on economic justice, unions, and she is an authority on the subject of stuttering. Go to Aesthetic Realism and Self-Expression.

The beloved Scottish poet, Robert Burns, is a person whose art and passion Ellen Reiss shows the relevance of for our time.

More links

Steve Weiner's blog has a terrific paper: Simplicity and Complexity: Roy Lichtenstein's “Stepping Out.”

For my website go to Aesthetic Realism & Our Lives by my husband, Christopher Balchin, and me.

How Can Racism End? is Christopher's blog in the US. In the UK, it is Aesthetic Realism Is True.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method and the Drama

The Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method brings a vital new dimension to the teaching of drama, a subject students generally do like, and makes that like deeper. From the classroom they take lessons about respecting people and the world that are invaluable. This method is based on the work of Eli Siegel (1902-1978) who lectured extensively on the drama and a wide variety of subjects including religion, history, all the arts. Eli Siegel was an educator, poet, and founded Aesthetic Realism in 1941. With this method students see the deeply sensible, beautiful structure underlying, for instance, dialogue between Brutus and Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, a witty remark in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, or the closing of the door at the conclusion of A Doll's House. From the opening scene to the final curtain they see how the plot, the characters, their motivation and the words they use are related to ourselves, to themselves. They are so much more than entertained by the drama. They learn from it in the deepest way about how to see other people. It has been my privilege to use this teaching method with children as young as 10 to 18, for nineteen years, studying texts, learning how to write about the drama, and also I have produced many plays with young people, in Special Education, honors classes, and regular classes throughout the New York metropolitan area, and I begin by serializing a paper I wrote which was published in the New York State English Council's journal "The English Record," which I have also presented to colleagues in professional conferences and at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation in an education seminar.

My serialization of The Miracle Worker will appear soon.


More Information About Aesthetic Realism:

For classes and events, go to the website of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. You can also learn about the current Terrain Gallery exhibition.

The writing of Rosemary Plumstead on science education, Donita Ellison on art and Leila Rosen on English are essential. Each of these educators is an authority on the crisis in education and what can have young people really learn in America today.

The Aesthetic Realism Online Library contains essays, lectures, and critical works by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism. There you can see articles in newspapers and journals about Aesthetic Realism. There is also information about the Eli Siegel Collection, Eli Siegel's 25,000 volume library.

In 1955 Is Beauty the Making One of Opposites? was published. I have carried this broadside in museums in New York and London and these 15 questions, beautiful in themselves, have opened my eyes to what you find there.

Find out more about Eli Siegel. Read my statement in Countering the Lies. This website was created to tell the truth about Aesthetic Realism. Here you can see the statements of many many people, giving their careful opinions- including the mayor of Baltimore, and a member of Congress.

The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known ,edited by Ellen Reiss, is a bi-weekly journal which serializes lectures by Eli Siegel. The editor's commentary relates what is in the lectures to our time.

Ellen Reiss teaches the Aesthetic Realism Explanation of Poetry Class and professional classes for consultants and associates. Barbara McClung and Lauren Phillips tell about one of these on a subject of great importance, ADHD. Read more here.

In Racism Can End Ms. Reiss describes the state of mind at the root of all racism and what must be seen for that to change permanently.

The great English poet, John Keats was maligned by the press in his day. Ellen Reiss uses this to give perspective to current matters.

Renowned columnist Alice Bernstein writes on civil rights and culture. She is the editor of Aesthetic Realism and the Answer to Racism.

Aesthetic Realism: A New Perspective for Anthropology & Sociology is the website of Arnold Perey. He is the author of Gwe, a novel against racism, and the children's book, Were They Equal? published by Waverly Press.

Aesthetic Realism Resources has articles on love, the arts, economic justice, the questions of men, women, parents, and many other topics of interest.

The photographs of Len Bernstein are powerful, beautiful, often very surprising. Len Bernstein: Photographic Education Based on the Aesthetic Realism of Eli Siegel. He tells of how his artistic eye has been educated by Aesthetic Realism.

At Lynette Abel: Aesthetic Realism and Life you can find out about the great education for women that is in Aesthetic Realism and her report of a class on a play about World War I, The Miracle at Verdun, is one of the most stirring anti-war statements I have ever read.

Miriam Mondlin is a writer on economic justice, unions, and she is an authority on the subject of stuttering. Go to Aesthetic Realism and Self-Expression.

The beloved Scottish poet, Robert Burns, is a person whose art and passion Ellen Reiss shows the relevance of for our time.

More links

Steve Weiner's blog has a terrific paper: Simplicity and Complexity: Roy Lichtenstein's “Stepping Out.”

For my website go to Aesthetic Realism & Our Lives by my husband, Christopher Balchin, and me.

How Can Racism End? is Christopher's blog in the US. In the UK, it is Aesthetic Realism Is True.