Rosa Juliusdottir wrote: > > >Rosa, > >I agree with Diane's comment on celebrating similarities instead of differences > >too. Living in south Texas allows for us to celebrate a lot of ethnic > >differences. I wish art teachers didn't make judgements on art in that degree > >either but please know that is not the planet we live on. The cultural > >differences and backgrounds must be approached with care in public schools > >because a great many cultures have strong Christian backgrounds and we (the art > >teachers) must tread lightly as not to offend Muslim, Indian, etc. That's > >really all I wanted to say. These things are very important for students to > >truly understand where the art comes from. We just have to be careful. At > >least we do down here. > >Kasi > > > I am not sure I quite understand you Kasi. I only said:<that I really hope no > art teachers <make judgements about one work being better than another>. > And I do indeed hope we all learn from this discussion to respect the > cultures of other people (indiginous and non indiginous) and teach about > their art and culture with respect and not ignoring the cultural context.> > Therefor I donīt understand that if we do treat all cultures with the same > respect why do we have to "tread lightly". And what is it that you just > have to be careful about down there? > Rosa
Rosa, you make a good point. Treading too lightly can be nonproductive.
I teach in a small south fl. town and if you are afraid to go against
the good 'old boy' (white ) mentality treadly lightly is what you do.
and that really burns me, I guess as an outsider it's easy for me to say