So today in America drawing the flag and writing the phrase, ‘God Bless America” is offensive?
We can draw Obama in art class but not the American flag that flies over the White House? I know it is forbidden to draw Mohammed but now the flag too?

What is left to draw? Flies?

Tracy Hathaway, of Salinas, CA, told FOX News Radio her 13-year-old daughter was ordered to stop drawing the American flag by an art teacher at Gavilan View Middle School.

“She had drawn the flag and was sketching the letters, ‘God bless America,’ when the teacher confronted her,” Hathaway told FOX. “She said, ‘You can’t draw that - that’s offensive.’

Unbelievable. Here’s more:

Mike Brusa, the superintendent of schools, told FOX in a written statement that he had contacted the principal and that the issue “was taken care of to their (the parent’s) satisfaction.”

“The school administration and the parents did not view this as significant enough to bring it to the superintendent’s office,” he wrote.

However, Hathaway said her daughter has yet to receive an apology – and in fact – the teacher told the girl that she should not have gotten her parents involved in the matter.

“My daughter felt like her rights were being trampled on – she was doing what she thought was right.” she said. “It’s disturbing. It really is disturbing. When I was in junior high we didn’t have a lot of the problems they are having now. We were allowed to speak our mind. It’s absolutely devastating for me. Last time I looked, this is America. This is still a free country.”

Deborah B. Sloan of American Thinker writes:

Our flag is a symbol of the principles on which America was founded; upon looking at it, one may reflexively recall the phrase “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”; it is a symbol of freedom, individual rights, self-sufficiency, capitalism and prosperity. Obama wants to dismantle and remake America. His sycophants, including this Gavilan Middle School teacher, know it.

I discovered the American Thinker piece at Lucianne.com. As always, the comment threads at Lucianne are illuminating. The following is a comment from a poster at Lucianne.

Reply 2 - Posted by: red1066, 5/12/2010 4:29:03 PM (No. 6514472)

I’ve never met any art teacher that was anything other than a leftist nutjob. I don’t think one can become an art teacher without first taking an oath of allegence to Lenin.

The above statement makes me sad, not because it does have a grain of truth to it but because so many art teachers in our country have bought into the whole “art is social justice” philosophy. I throw away most art publications from the National Art Educators Association because they are so decidedly leftist. Most of the issues celebrate the ugliest of “art” and are full of articles encouraging art teachers to engage their students in “democratic exchanges” that is, focusing the students on the inequities of life.

There is very little in the issues having to do with actually teaching students how to draw, paint, sculpt, etc. In many ways the National Art Education Association and others of its ilk encourage art teachers to “teach to the test” which is the complaint many American classroom teachers have via the No Child Left Behind Act.

The National PTA sponsors a nation wide annual Reflections Art Competition and each year the students are encouraged to illustrate a chosen “theme.”

Although most of the art winners merit their awards the students have a better chance of winning if they go with liberal ideas such as this one from 2009. (The theme for the art competition was “Wow.”) Here is another one. Read the students description of his art and weep.

My school district requires that I participate in the Reflections Competition. It is not a popular art contest with art teachers. I do have my students participate in local art competitions such as the following Patriotic Art Competition last fall. Yes, there was a theme but I found it spot on since teachers are supposed to help educate students about the history of our country and the importance of our flag. The following is art by my third graders. I didn’t tell them what to do. I gave them the art materials and asked them to create their idea of what a patriot is.


and the desire for freedom in every heart


Wonder if any art teachers ask their students to create art illustrating the Patrick Henry quote, “Give me liberty or give me death?”


“Some people live their entire lifetime and wonder if they ever made a difference to the world. Marines don’t have that problem.” — Ronald Reagan


“Everything that is really great and inspiring is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.” — Albert Einstein


Ev’ry heart beats true ‘neath the Red, White and Blue,
~George M. Cohan


“Yonder are the Hessians. They were bought for seven pounds and tenpence a man. Are you worth more? Prove it. Tonight the American flag floats from yonder hill or Molly Stark sleeps a widow!” — John Stark at the Battle of Bennington in 1777


“(W)e here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” — Abe Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address