wow i was reading the comments and wow i see all of he concepts ts really true i love it very cool and i see it in my way is that teacher shapes you their in most of you life when you star becoming you and some teachers do a good job while others destroy them little by little the blank masks shows me that they still need to be shaped (painted)
Very deep image. I think the public school system itself strips the students of their individuality on many levels, with everything standardized, and huge class sizes that decrease one-on-one interactions with teachers. Many schools even have uniforms to further homogenize their students. This is what the masks represent to me.
The teacher looks intimidating, true, but not towards the kids. She is obviously trying to protect them. From what, though? The real world? A good teacher prepares their students for the real world. I think she may be trying to protect them from further harm by the school system itself. School is an awful place to be for many students, and this teacher looks like she understands that, and is taking action to protect them from the identity-crushing, soul-sapping, curiosity-dulling grind that is public school. The blank chalkboard makes me think that she cares enough about her students to want to NOT just teach them WHAT to think, but to actually teach them HOW to think on their own.
The school system is really ruining the enjoyment of learning for the kids, it's sad, and even worse, many teachers absolutely HATE standardized testing which you think would convince the school boards that standardized testing is not the way to go. But no, they just make the tests harder and harder and stricter and stricter, they even interfere with how the classes are taught, kids aren't learning effectively because the school system is forcing them to learn this certain way and only this certain way, but kids all learn differently and the testing is adding more stress. You learn and take tests all year, you do good, understand the material and are excelling in your schooling, but then the dreaded standardized test appears at the end of the school year, this test determines whether you will move on to the next grade level, or stay in the same one repeating the year over again, you can test on that day and only that day, but there are so many factors that could interfere with you either acing the test, or bombing it. You didn't get enough sleep, you didn't eat breakfast, the unthinkable happens, perhaps a parent or close relative dies, the stress just gets to you, maybe your parents had a huge fight and that distracted you, there are so many factors to consider and to decide a childs understanding of a course based on this one test that is taken on this ONE day? It's just ludicrous. I think a main issue with teaching kids about the real world hits a bit closer to home, it's the parents, sad to say but when there are so many different lifestyles that are controlling the kids and thinking they need to have their kids taught about one thing and not taught about another, all the differing opinions makes it practically impossible to teach kids about the real world, parents want their kids sheltered as well, at least that's how it is for elementary school. You can't tell a child about world problems or even teach them about not being something as terrible as racist, because you don't know the backlash that could happen from that. I come and talk to kids once every week about social and environmental problems, and I have to be very careful about how I word things so I don't scare them or say something that their parents might not agree with, because they will lash back with a vengeance, and it's annoying because when you think about it, teachers spend more time with the children than the parents, the teachers know more about the kids daily lives than the parents... Anywho, that's my shpeel, your comment made me think about those things and I wrote a wall of text @.@
Lol it's all good. I agree with you though, the standardized tests are a complete FAIL and need to be scrapped. Back when I was in school, I was really sick the day of my SAT test. I have no doubt it reflected poorly on my score. And when I had to apply for college, they would look at my SAT score and judge me based on that, among a few other things. But really, what does my SAT score say about my education level at all, considering I was sick when I took it? *shrug* It's just complete nonsense and the entire education system needs a major overhaul. Sadly I don't think that's likely to happen any time soon. But if enough people make it a high enough priority, it will eventually happen.
[link] I feel like this is very relevant to this picture. Skip ahead a bit to get to the meat of the discussion. I don't know the reasoning behind this photo but I imprint that the teacher's view almost becomes the children's. They are not allowed to feel their own emotions but forced to wear the masks and play the parts handed to them. Makes you wonder what kids are falsely being taught. Such a painful truth. Kudos to making me stop and think
Protection? Screening? Affection? Her expression would let me think so, still, pupils are wearing blank masks. Her eyes would reveal a new dominion attence then and the whole picture would turn different. I feel they're beeing kept in an identity lack state by school and the whole society overall, as though they were off-limits, both protected and locked up in a depersonalizing cage. ...You won't touch them, I'm here to stand for them and they're mine anyway. I have to teach them how the world works so that they will suffer the least and play their necessary roles, and I think a personality would be dangerous and harmful to them. I have the right to make their choice, a choice I don't think they can make on their own, because I feel my job implies control and forming of the future citizens' minds. They won't fail to do their duty either, as much as I'll put strong-coded programs in their young brains. Painful but necessary... It's so cryptic, her glance has millions of meanings. I can feel both affection and rational annihilation power in this character and there's no denying the only victims are in the background, her beloved preys. I don't know, maybe I have this all wrong. Yet I find it so interesting and challenging! Nice work indeed.
Just a first impression of what I see from this photo is how students blindly believe what they are taught and have a great deal of trust in their teachers without knowing them on a personal level. The picture (I believe) implies that there is a gap between the real world and the life of a school kid, and the teacher (or school, as the title says) shelters them from the real world, distancing the gap.