Originally posted by centurion1211
My daughter was in 8th grade art class, where her teacher gave the class an assignment to make a poster out of words. His example to the class was to combine the words "Bush" and "Liar". Then her English teacher decided (for what reason????) to explain the political spectrum to her class by saying "democrats are over on this side of the spectrum with greens while Republicans are over on this side of the spectrum with skinheads and nazis".
[edit on 1/19/2006 by centurion1211]
Ya know, I can understand your position about the English teacher, for being both an ignorant simpleton when it comes to political classification and forgetting the fact that he/she is there to teach english not political science. However, when it comes to the B.S. with the Art teacher I think you are guilty of exactly the same type of narrow-mindedness in demanding your political view be held as most high.
It's "ART" for god sakes. It's about expression and communication of personal beliefs, feelings, thoughts, perspectives, ideas, etc. So you didn't like his example, well so what??? Why not form your own form of Artistic Expression from your perspective instead of smashing out all others you don't happen to agree with. I mean I think Monet paints like a 12 year old with bad eyesight but you don't see me crying about it and burning every lame picture of potted flowers I come across.
In and of itself, "an assignment to make a poster out of words" is a great assignment. His example, also, is a perfect example. It communicates his view point while at the same time invoking some thought and emotion in others. Sure some art may be about clowns and puppies running in sprinklers. But other art includes disaster, death, pain, fear, struggle and tragedy just to name a few. Art should challenge the observer. It should inspire the viewer to shake the dust from their mind and explore ideas that have been left stagnant or hidden from view.
You're caught up in a double standard where it's ok to express your own political views but not an opposing one, with the assumption that yours is correct and theirs is not. Why is it not allowed for an "Art Teacher" to openly express his/her point of view while your own point of view should carry such divine authority as to trump all???
Nobody is saying you have to agree with it, like it, support it, or believe any word of it. So why all the anger, fear and effort to destroy it???