Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Molding Young Minds

I just got a new part time job as an after school drama teacher to 7 and 8 year old kids. The non-profit that provides the "arts" program requires us teachers to incorporate academics in our lessons. It can't just be fun and games. Below are few of my lessons.

"Hey kids, let's try some math. If you spend $100,000 on theatre degree how long will it take you to pay back your student loans when you earn $20,000 a year for the rest of your life?"

"Now let's try a character study. Let's examine the protype character the starving artist. Say someone like myself. You'd have to play her down trodden. Do you think this is what she envisioned for her future when she was your age taking some arts program for kids? She's not even a real teacher."

"To sum up. Don't have dream, go into banking."

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