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as art teachers we freedom to present ideas about belief systems because it
is a legitimate part of our subject matter. like joseph said, though, our
personal views, whether intended or not, often come shining through as part
of this process. >>
After a dramatic lesson in shape, and touting the beauty of the circular
shape with the question of its mysterious beginning or end, I instructed a
class of 27 1st graders to draw THEIR favorite shape. Any shape at all. We
would go from there...but I just had 27 beautiful circles drawn. One cannot
help but influence the students with our preferences, "favorites" and ideals.
The challenge is to teach ABOUT them, yes, but to allow freedom of thought
(and ENCOURAGE THIS) beyond what may simply please the teacher, or parent or