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A New Type of ‘Painting’ February 27, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — supernovadiva @ 7:37 pm

Ok this happened to me last summer, but I still have flashbacks of it. Don’t read this if you’re eating. I’ve enrolled my daughter in an early reading program at the library. Once a week they have a special guest to give lessons, be it puppets, safety etc. Well this time it was a rep. from a nature center. She was teaching the kids about insects. All well and good. There were handouts. Cool. But then she got to the project. The tables were covered and there was paint, so I thought my daughter was going to have some fun. I brought us closer to the table. The lady got out this container and told us we were going to dip maggots in the paint and let them crawl across the paper. SAY WHAT? I grabbed my daughter’s hand and slowly made our way to the outer limits of the group. I saw the faces of the other adults. They were not for this. What was bad is that most of kids were from a daycare on a library field trip. They were stuck. I can tell they, to be polite and pass the time until their bus came back, followed through with the project (only the 5- 8 year olds participated (summer program)). The nature rep. tried to assure us they weren’t dirty maggots since they grew in the center, not from the trash. Whatever lady. As I walked further away I heard her instruct the kids to be careful with them because she’s going to wash them off and use them for next time. NEXT TIME?!

I will save you some of the thoughts that went through my head because it fails in the language department (I pretty much used them all lol). I even whispered to the librarian, who also looked concerned, that the lady might as well suggest pulling roaches off the wall, dip them in paint and let them crawl as a home project.

First thing I asked in my head was “Did this lady bother to research her audience?” but then maybe I’m putting my neighborhood in a stereotype. I wouldn’t come up to a bunch of black/latino people and say, “Hey, let’s paint with maggots!” Then to I wouldn’t say that to anybody else, because that’s not how I party.

What are we teaching our children? There was no lesson in this at all. The prizes for the reading logs were animal based: circus tickets, free burgers and such (sponsor based). And now maggot painting.

I should note that at the end NOBODY took their paintings home.

Apparently this is a growing trend:
Here’s a nice video demo for you:


6 Responses to “A New Type of ‘Painting’”

  1. Doris Says:

    I think the offensive part is that they are teaching kids that these maggots are toys. Not living beings. How many will get squished by the hands of these children? I know some people have no sympathy for invertebrates, but there’s no reason we should be using maggots like this.

    Next time?! They’re going to turn into flies in a few days!

  2. When I was in fifth grade we took a trip to Yosemite and on a hike the leader turned over a log. We all saw the termites and then the leader grabbed some and started eating them. We were all told to eat them and that we should eat them butt first because if we ate them head first they would bite our tongues.

    I was horrified, needless to say. I managed to get out of it by saying, “I’m vegetarian.” I might have said something about not eating things that can bite back.

    It’s really terrible how many “learning” activities involve asserting human dominance over nonhumans.

  3. cheyenne Says:

    As revolting and unjust as it is, it’s also NOT visually appealing. That’s the other thing that gets to me; it’s a weird, stupid idea that doesn’t even work.

  4. crunchy & chic Says:

    “And when the maggot suffocates from the paint and stop crawling, dip the next one in and repeat! You can even turn their paint encrusted corpses into art!” Ugh, just what is wrong with people?

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