The Wall ?
'The Wall' in class?? Isn't it just a waste of time?
I guess a lot of teachers will just nod their heads off. With far too
little time available - why spend time on some rock'n roll music?
The simple answer is that 'The Wall' isn't just 'some rock'n roll music'!
'The Wall' is a tremendously powerful piece of art presenting different
aspects of our modern civilization in a way which gives room for a
multitude of interpretations based on different levels of generalization.
It is time-typical, but also timeless, it is just as relevant to the
individual philosopher as to the social scientist, it is an integration
of poetry, music and moving pictures, and, it is meaningful
to people of all ages.
With such a wide scope 'The Wall' is the ideal basis for cooperation
between teachers of different subjects. Teachers and students of English,
Social Science, your national main language (here: Norwegian), etc. could
easily find 'meeting places' for curricular integration and project work.
I have been using 'The Wall' in class for years, and should probably have
grown tired a long time ago.
The interesting thing, however, is that every time we work with it some
students find new and interesting approaches.
So, the intention behind these pages is not merely to present traditional
Pink Floyd stuff.
I just want to give some hints about the way we work with it.
If you have ideas about teaching methods, thematic links between 'The Wall'
and different subjects, e.g. your national literature, Social Science, etc.,
please, send some words!
Jon K. Møller - Saltdal Upper Secondary School
(By the way - I know the 'rainbow triangle' is from 'The Dark Side of the Moon'
I just like it!)