Re: Student gets zero for religious drawing
- It is ridiculous to me. Like there has to be more to the story. Was
this student in the habit of evnagelizig as he walked through the
halls? Does he attend a school where students have a strict dress code?
In high school, I did a 3-D piece that included Christian, Jewish,
Hindu, and Islamic symbols in it. There was never any thought that my
artwork adversely affected anyone.
Currently, all of my students are completing projects for an upcoming
artshow. Not only did I allow them personal references to family
religion in their work, but I also shared my mother's rosary (and the
story behind it) with them. We live in a military community, and I
asked them to think of a family memory to illustrate or of some object
with sentimental value. It was highly successful! An added plus is that
we've now connected in a way that is often difficult to do in 45
minutes a week.
Additionally, much of the fine art in our SRA Art Connections series
reflects religious icons and stories. One fourth grade image is of
sketches that someone did while preparing to paint the scene of a
saint's execution. There are no clear images of violence in these
sketches, yet I think the kids could handle it anyway!
Our nation's principles are muddied and have been litigated to pieces.