The EDUCATED Beader
What Do We Mean By This?
What does it mean to be an “Educated” beader? Exactly what would it have been that you would have learned or learned to do, to earn the label “educated”?
What would be expected of this “Educated” beader?
What kinds of choices would be expect this “Educated” beader to be able to make?
If we do a Google search online for our educated beader, what would we find?
Educate you about the essential tools and techniques
– Bead Unique Magazine
promote socially responsible retailing
– South African cooperative MonkeyBiz
educate more people about the art of beading
We educate our customers from the very first purchase and continue to do so as needs and level of experience progress.
– Calebs Lighthouse
inform and educate beaders of the beauty and versatility of beads
Educate yourself about bead finishes and types
– the Illustrated Bead Bible
We get a lot of generalities and platitudes, but we don’t get a more specific, detailed, enlightened idea of who we want to called an “educated beader” and who we do not.
Is it someone who beads a lot? Learned specific skills? Can do specific things? Has knowledge of certain terms?
Is the beader who has taken 15 beading classes more educated than the beader who has only taken 3?
Is the beader who can do peyote more educated than the beader who can do right angle weave?
Is the person who knows the differences between lobster claws, toggle clasps, slide clasps and doorknocker clasps more educated than the person who cannot?
We need answers to questions like these, if we are to be able to define what we should teach and how we should teach it.
What do you think? Please add your comments to the discussion.