> San D,
> Are we asking our students to produce art that has a political statement
> such as you have mentioned?
I gave an example of a thesis statement that perhaps could be considered
political, but I never ask for a political statement, only a thesis
statement. I do however on occasion get political statements, and don't shy
away from them...everything is politics. I really want my students to be
passionate about ideas first and foremost, and yes, some ideas can be
politicized. As teachers I do think we see feminists, anarchists, cult
members, Young Republicans, Democrats,Environmentalists, Socialists etc
(especially if you teach in high school). So to expect their ideas not to
creep into their work, especially artwork, would be asking too much.