First, allow me to introduce myself. I am a college student working toward my degree in Art Education; I attend Western North Carolina University and have just one more semester left before I begin my student teaching (which makes me a nervous wreck). This semester I am enrolled in a class dealing with educational philosophies and have been presented with this prompt: K-12 art in public schools usually tolerates expression of religion/spirituality from children's art work, but does not teach toward this. The obvious references here to Biblical or Koranic or Talmudic based art can be historical and thus "secular" in their teaching but why do some school districts buck at teaching things related to pagan practices or even forbid holiday-based art. Is there a way around this?? - to teach the contextual meaning of various religious traditions and express them artistically without being construed as proselytizing? I am interested in learning the various views on this subject from real-world teachers. Even though the questions are geared toward Art educatiors, I am still curious as to how teachers in other fields might deal with the subject of spirituality in the classroom: are their specific rules to be followed that vary from district to district? If so, how seriously are these rules attended to? What experiences can you share about this subject? And finally, what are your thoughts on the role of spirituality in the classroom? Thank you in advance to all those who respond.