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Black Mountain College Project
 
Richard Carpenter's biology class. Photo courtesy North Carolina State Archives, Black Mountain College Papers, 20.1

STUDENT EXPERIENCE IN EXPERIMENTAL EDUCATION IN THE EARLY YEARS
(1933-43)

Section 2: Teachers and Teaching: Formal Aspects of the Curriculum

     

INTRODUCTION TO THE SUNLEY PROJECT AND DOCUMENTS

Description of the Study by Robert Sunley
*   Letter to the Students
*   Guidelines
*   Brief Biographies of
    Contributors

*   Brief Biographies of
    Faculty Mentioned in
    the Memoirs
*

SECTION 1. ROLE OF THE ARTS

    Statement by Robert
    Sunley


The artistic process as
    a major goal.


*   Individual, active
    anticipation was
    fostered but not
    required.

*   Focus on really “seeing”
    and “thinking” for
    oneself, not on the
    production of art.


Self-direction, self-
    discipline, initiative,
    development of the
    whole person....

The arts were diffused
    throughout the
    education ....    

 

Grades

Martha Hunt Smith: Absence of grades never bothered me as I had attended Cambridge School among other "progressive" schools, and was used to the unstructured approach.

Sue Spayth Riley: The absence of grades was just fine....

John Swackhamer: I thought the absence of grades was marvelous—and still do.

Betty Young Williams: There was no competition that I was aware of. I did not miss grades.

Ruth O'Neill Burnett: I never believed that competition was a helpful force and so the lack of grades was, I thought, a big advantage.

Robert Bliss: Absence of grades was an incentive to work.

Marilyn Bauer Greenwald: And of course there was competition—when is there not?—but, at least in my case—it was only within my own field. Grades, or the absence of them, had nothing to do with it. To a degree it was acclaim or lack thereof which made the difference.

 

SECTION 2. TEACHERS AND TEACHING

Introduction

Formal Aspects of the
Curriculum 

   Class Size 
   Grades    
   Advisors 
   Junior Division  
   Senior Division  
   Graduation

Methods of Teaching
   General

   John Andrew Rice 
   Josef Albers 
   Erwin Straus 
   Robert Wunsch 
   Others


Personalities of Faculty
  
John Rice  
   Josef Albers 
   Robert
Wunsch 
   Heinrich
Jalowetz  
   Others 

Outside the Classroom
   In General  
   The Work Program 
   Visitors -
   Trips 
   Drama 
   Interlude  
   Lectures, Concerts 
   Informal Interchange