>I always say that art is NOT the same as the higher
> weighted classes because we are NOT on the same SCALE as
> they are! One of the reasons 'those' kids don't take art
> is that they are 'afraid' to take educational risks. They
> prefer the classes with distinct 'right' and 'wrong' that
> they can 'study' for and be 'tested' on. While there is
> plenty to 'study' and be "tested' on in art class, there
> are also those 'grey' areas, and areas of skills and
> problem solving which confuses the average smart kid. For
> example, we started the new semester and as an
> introduction I was speaking about visual cliches and how I
> do not expect to see any of those images in my classes.
> One of the 'smart' kids asked this question "if we can't
> copy images, then where do we get our inspiration?" I
> explained that that was what the semester would reveal.