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Re: religious iconography

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MPBC90
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 23:28:26 EDT


< I have noted also
that expressions of Christian faith tend to be placed at the bottom or the
back panels of art shows...if they are accepted at all.
It's important to be sensitive but hopefully instructional as well. I
haven't changed my curriulum and I have yet to have a call concerning
religious issues. I know several if our building have, and we freely discuss
at a 5th and 6th grade level. I won't shirk at a showing religious icon
picture, nor will I back off from a Haitian steel cutout. We even covered
Day of the Dead.
Laurie Stone Adams
>>

I have noticed this too! I refrained from displaying some beautiful
crucifixes at a recent Art Festival, thinking that "too much God" or fear or
whatever, would be interpretted. I displayed a beautiful WWJD poster (it was
a perspective, color and line lesson, and the block letters were the
student's choice), but that was my only Christian religion related piece. I
thought nothing of the goose gourds that were a texture lesson, with research
into Innuit Indians and their religious beliefs of housed souls in animals in
the afterlife. And Christine Merriam's student that refuses to LEARN about
other religions/cultures that are different from her family's...isn't it sad
that we have to tread so lightly regarding the exposure of our kids to these
differences? That "different" isn't "bad," just Different!
mp