Saturday, May 14, 2016

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Aesthetic Realism Lectures by Eli Siegel

I had the inestimable privilege of studying in Aesthetic Realism classes with Eli Siegel in the 1970's.  His scholarship was vast, as was his kindness.  He lectured on poetry, economics, art, history, education, literature, the lives of famous persons and those largely unknown yet whose lives he saw as a means of knowing the world and oneself!   And there was much more. Every lecture was a thrilling explanation of and justice to the human mind and self of every person.  I am pleased to provide a link to some of the great lectures by Mr. Siegel, especially pointing to three about education.  They are: "Aesthetic Realism and Learning," "Mind and Schools," and "Educational Method is Poetic."  In them, you will find the erudition and charm had by Mr. Siegel in understanding the hopes of every student and teacher.

Gwe, Young Man of New Guinea, a Novel Against Racism by Dr. Arnold Perey

This important novel is a must read by anthropologists, but every educator will find within its pages an understanding of the way of seeing, based on respect for difference, that can end racism.   Dr. Arnold Perey is a consultant on the faculty of the not-for-profit Aesthetic Realism Foundation in New York City.  He uses the knowledge of Aesthetic Realism, which was founded by the great American poet and educator, Eli Siegel, as the basis of his seeing of Gwe, a young man of New Guinea, with great respect.  From this, a deep friendship and a vivid sense of relation comes to be between them.  It is very moving, and I am proud to provide a link to learn more about this novel.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Timothy Lynch--A Labor Leader for All Time!

I am very proud to post this fine article by Matthew D'Amico.  He is a political coordinator for the Civil Service Employees Association in NYC and a friend to labor.  He tells of the important work of Timothy Lynch, former president of Local 1205 of the Teamsters Union on Long Island, New York.  Timothy Lynch tragically died on January 30th.  He was passionate in his desire to take care of the workers of his local--to see to it that they received wages and benefits they deserved.  He was an Aesthetic Realism Associate, studying the philosophy of Aesthetic Realism, which was founded by the great American poet and educator, Eli Siegel.  It was from Aesthetic Realism and Mr. Siegel that Timothy Lynch learned that the basis of profit economics was contempt for people--the hope in an employer to get as much from a worker as possible and give that worker as little as possible for his or her labor.  Timothy Lynch felt this was unethical, immoral, and I am proud to agree with him.  To read more about and see a very moving video that was played at his memorial service, click here:

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

"Welcome Your Confusion As a Guest," by Ellen Reiss, Aesthetic Realism Chairman of Education

We all have thoughts and feelings we don’t understand, and they affect us at every moment—as we walk down the street, see passing cars, experience the changing weather. How should we see what puzzles us? What do we do with our confusion—about ourselves, about the world? Ellen Reiss writes movingly about this in her musical poem “Welcome Your Confusion as a Guest.”

Friday, March 04, 2016

Twenty-one Distichs about Children: A Poem by Eli Siegel

I am pleased to post the poem, "Twenty-one Distichs about Children," by Eli Siegel.  My colleague, Lauren Philips, who is a middle school teacher in the New York City public school system using the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method as the basis of her lessons, says this about the poem: [It] "expresses the feelings of a child—and also the meaning of a child—with beautiful respect and depth. I’m grateful for it, as both a mother and educator. When my son was younger, these musical couplets helped me understand him and also myself, and encouraged me to meet both his hopes and my own."....  Here are several of these important distichs:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Aesthetic Realism and the Art of the Flute!

I am very happy to post the following article by my esteemed colleague, Barbara Allen.  It appeared in a recent issue of the Hellenic Journal of Music, Education and Culture with the title, "Aesthetic Realism and the Art of the Flute: An Interview with Barbara Allen in Conversation with Edward Green, PhD."  I present the abstract from the journal, describing this important article:

"In this interview, noted American flutist and music educator Barbara Allen speaks about music, education, and life, and shows how the three explain each other.  The interview centers on her use of the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method, which was originally developed by Eli Siegel, the great poet and philosopher.  Barbara Allen studied with him.  A core idea of Aesthetic Realism is this:  "The world, art, and self explain each other:  each is the aesthetic oneness of opposites."  How success in music, and specifically in the performance of the flute, depends on opposites being made one, is what emerges through conversation between Ms. Allen and Dr. Edward Green of Manhattan School of Music.  In the process, readers will see the relevance of Aesthetic Realism to education in general, and to the cultural understanding of how art and life reflect each other."  To read the article in its entirety, click on the pdf at the following link:

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Two Pleasures by Eli Siegel

In issue #162 (May 5, 1976) of the international journal, The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known, Eli Siegel describes the minute to minute fight in every person between the pleasure of having respect for the world, including people, and the pleasure of contempt.  He defined contempt as, "the addition to self through the lessening of something else."  And we have seen contempt recently take a horrific and terrifying form on the streets of Paris.  Mr. Siegel begins this issue of The Right Of where he writes:

Dear Unknown Friends:  "One thing that is clear in the history of man is that he has had pleasure of two kinds.  Man has had pleasure from seeing a sunset; from Handel's Messiah; from seeing courage in someone; from a great rhythm in words.  He has also had pleasure from making everything he can meaningless; from changing architecture into broken eggshells; from making the mighty malodorous; from trivializing.  Man, then, praises; he also diminishes.  The same lips that can curve and droop into a sneer can be apart in astonishment.  Seeing meaning, then, has given pleasure; taking it away has also given pleasure."  You can read the full article here:

Sunday, October 11, 2015

American Education Needs the Aesthetic Realism Teaching Method--Teachers Tell Why!

Don't miss this important event at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation on November 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  New York City teachers will tell why the Aesthetic Realism Method has met the hopes of their students; enabled them to learn successfully and to become deeper, kinder individuals.  At this time in the history of education, where testing and teaching to the test has become THE most important thrust of classroom instruction, you will find it inspiring to hear of the success teachers are having based on this principle by Eli Siegel, the founder of Aesthetic Realism, as the central purpose of every lesson: "The purpose of all education is to like the world through knowing it." You can read the flyer to for this seminar by clicking here: