mushrooms again. It seems to me that it is a simple question of originality
and creativity. How much creativity does it take to come up with a symbol that
is everywhere around them? They surely didn't have to THINK very hard did
they? I have a number of "overused" symbols that I DISCOURAGE such as hearts,
peace symbols, swastikas, etc. I try to make it a matter of pride that they
can think a little harder. Of course ,if I have to, I put my foot down. I
simply cannot encourage elements of our culture that are harmful to our
students. Nor can I encourage shallow thinking.