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The dance of teaching
26-MAR-2008

The dance of teaching

Today (Monday) I was privileged to sit in on a university class that made me realize teaching can be a dance between student and teacher, a dance that involves listening and speaking, leading and following, inspiring and being inspired.

Aku Kadogo and I had been encountering one another at various artistic venues of late. When we finally introduced ourselves and I heard a bit of her story, I asked if I could sit in on one of her Wayne State University classes and photograph her teaching. I could tell she would be a joy to watch. Aku graciously agreed and we set today as the day and Black Theater as the class. What I didn't know until after the class had ended was that Aku had been the principal of a dance college during her years in Australia. It showed! Her every move was perfectly matched to the message she was conveying to her students, even the way in which she stood while listening. This woman is totally present every minute, and I think that is one of her greatest gifts.

Aku is impacting these young people in profoundly positive ways. And I was changed as well. How fortunate we are that such individuals choose to teach our youth, especially Detroit's urban youth. On a day when our city's mayor embarrassed us around the world, Aku Kadogo did us proud. How I wish the media would cover her story as thoroughly as they cover Kwame Kilpatrick's.


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carol j. phipps27-Mar-2008 02:33
Wow! this is terrific!
Cindi Smith27-Mar-2008 00:24
Awesome work here, Patricia! What a great composition! I love this!!!!!!!
Russ Rose26-Mar-2008 16:30
An interesting story. Colleges and Universities need more people like her. I know I was challenged by a professor of similar qualities and it changed my life and direction. It made a career. Teachers of this quality are needed if we are going to get this country back on track. Russ And the image is superb. You have great skill.
Enny26-Mar-2008 14:02
beautiful expressions and backlightcolours.
M Williamson Lebon26-Mar-2008 13:47
Beautiful!!! V
JD26-Mar-2008 13:45
Teaching with energy and enthusiasm is a recipe for success!
Neal Nye26-Mar-2008 12:10
A wonderful story and a great image to accompany it. One can only envy her skills. And yours!
giselle borgwardt26-Mar-2008 10:18
Great pic and story!
Guest 26-Mar-2008 09:37
wonderful dynamic shot and woman. You nailed it!
Paco López26-Mar-2008 07:17
Excellent!!!!! BV!
Pat Shawyer26-Mar-2008 06:55
Excellent !! (what did the mayor do?)
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