Literacy supports all areas of development (economic, social, emotional, cognitive, vocational, etc.). While the number of readers has grown worldwide, reading comprehension stays alarmingly low because students need to use texts in order to understand them. With Pre-Texts, students master texts by using them to create visual and performative arts.
Simple yet rigorous, Pre-Texts adapts to any curriculum and cultural taste. “Make art with this text and reflect on the process” is the prompt that activates cognitive, creative and emotional development for groups of participants.
Students of all ages lose fear and gain confidence when difficult and even boring texts become playthings. They learn to be leaders too, as facilitators. Facilitation follows a simple protocol that anyone can learn. It does not require expertise, only curiosity. We read, create, and go off on tangents. The results are always interesting and varied, so we admire differences and become good citizens.
"This matter of art is less foreign to the needs than to the tastes of our age; to arrive at a solution even in the political, the road of aesthetics must be pursued, because it is through beauty that we arrive at freedom . . . Man is truly human when he plays, and he plays when he is truly human,”
Friedrich Schiller, Letters on the Aesthetic Education of Man, 1794
"We lay hold of the full import of a work of art only as we go through in our own vital processes the processes the artist went through in producing the work. It is the critic’s privilege to share in the promotion of this active process. His condemnation is that he so often arrests it.” [Conclusion]
John Dewey, Art as Experience, 1934
"One of the violences perpetrated by illiteracy is the suffocation of the consciousness and the expressiveness of men and women who are forbidden from reading and writing, thus limiting their capacity to write about their reading of the world so they can rethink about their original reading of it."
Paulo Freire, Teachers As Cultural Workers, 1998
"To stimulate life – leaving it then free to develop, to unfold – herein lies the first task of the educator. In such a delicate task, a great art must suggest the moment, and limit the intervention."
Maria Montessori, The Montessori Method, 1912
“Play is the continuous evidence of creativity, which means aliveness.”
D. D.Winnecott, The Language of Winnicott, 1996