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Re: [teacherartexchange] Creativity


From: Darren High (darren_high_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 03 2005 - 13:57:22 PDT

It's not political campaigning to have a photo of the
current president in your classroom. At one point it
was standard to have a photo of the president hanging
in most public buildings.

--- Jean Womack <> wrote:

> Art exhibits are a teacher's bread and butter, and
> the way that principals
> have to justify having an art program.
> Regarding religion, all the religions have similar
> archetypal characters,
> like the child king.
> With all due respect, I would start the day with an
> art prayer. I pray that
> the students will find enjoyment of making things
> with their hands and
> having an opportunity to talk quietly with each
> other. I pray that the art
> work on the wall will remain intact, without any
> scribbling or tagging put
> on it by jealous students. I pray that all students
> will clean up after
> themselves in the time allotted. I pray that each
> student will find his or
> her art work in their folder or on the shelf when
> they come to class and
> that we will not have to photograph them all so that
> we can to do a full
> scale investigation if it is missing. I pray that
> students will follow the
> safety rules. Etc. I had a teacher once who gently
> and quietly reminded us
> of the rules almost every time our class met.
> Students find it very calming to be reminded that
> alcohol, drugs and weapons
> are not allowed in school, and the reasons why not.
> You can write it on the
> board and leave it there for awhile.
> Some students are in art because their behavior is
> so bad that they are not
> allowed to be in band. That's probably why they are
> dragging their heels
> with their assignments.
> It used to be that every classroom had a photo of
> John Kennedy and Martin
> Luther King on the wall. Then they dropped
> Kennedy's photo and only had
> Martin Luther King up there. I thought they only
> put photos of dead
> presidents and martyrs up on the walls of
> classrooms, but I could be
> mistaken. Perhaps there is an equal time provision
> in the school if you are
> a Democrat, but generally speaking, political
> campaigning on school grounds
> is not permitted. It might be against the law, too,
> but I am not 100
> percent sure about that.
> Jean Womack
> Richmond, California
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