If art is purely in the eye of the beholder, does that not undermine our
authority as art teachers to fairly evaluate a student's work?
Does it not also render our subject so, well, subjective, that any grade or
comment a student receives is worth little more than a pat on the back or a
boot in the behind?
We live in an age where administrators and the public ant our results to be
measurable. Admittedly, this is difficult to do in a creative subject;
however, this has not detracted from the respect English departments get . . .
Once again, I would reiterate my own "leniency" when it comes to grades. I
rarely give C's or D's because I grade mostly on a student's effort. And I
have found that, since kids find me less "judgemental," when I deman the
effort, the kids outperform their own expectations.