Creating a Dialogue

Education Youth

In the early years, MCA docents challenged passive learning models, encouraging kids to ask questions.

I think it took a lot more interpretation from the docents and from the teachers. And I'm sure they probably still do it, but they had teacher workshops so that the teachers were prepared before they brought the kids in. And I'm sure they still, they do that, which helped. Except the teachers always said to the kids, "Don't talk. You can't talk," so that if you wanted to have a dialogue with the kids—you had to almost say, you know, "I know your teacher told you not to talk, but it's okay to ask questions." The teachers would not be very happy, because they wanted the kids to just stand and listen, and that wasn't the way we operated.

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MCA staff members are interviewed in 1997 about their work. Interviews include Torri Johnson, security officer; Margaret Farr, assistant director of education; Pablo Helguera, coordinator of public programs; Dominic Molon,. . . more
1990s Community Education Staff