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Negative Messages

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Tue, 21 Apr 1998 23:30:25 -0400

I've been on ArtsEdNet since it began and have always been amazed at the
various questions and responses and ideas that have flowed through
cyberspace. I've become friends with colleagues I will probably never
meet. I've mailed copies of my curriculum to total strangers, and
received similar things from others. I've encouraged every Art educator
I know to participate. I've required my student teachers to join in - to
see what a benefit it can be to communicate with a world of art
teachers. Now I sadly spend more time scanning messages I don't really
want to read (I get the digest version - 15 or so messages all at once).
Yes, we in America have the hard earned right of Freedom of Expression.
But, as some others have mentioned, we also protect individual's rights.
As I tell my high school students who sometimes let a foul word slip
out, or who think it's cool to put marijuana leaf designs in their art -
we are part of a school and we need to respect the rights of everyone
who attends, especially the right to a safe and secure environment. I
tell my students, that means we don't swear, we don't put offensive
images or symbols in our artwork, we don't make art that promotes
smoking or drugs or alcohol. Maybe I'm restricting their freedom of
expression - I believe I'm protecting the rights of those who don't
deserve to grow up with that kind of stuff around them. This listserv
certainly started out that way. We had our differences and sometimes
harsh comments came out, but for the most part it was all done with
respect for each other. Perhaps we do need a moderator now. I'm offended
at the X-rated sites I've been invited to look at. I'm disturbed by the
rude comments to people who expressed their condolences for Linda
McCartney. I miss some of the people who used to be regular contributors
- maybe they too have been disgusted at how things have degerated. And
one last thing, when people post messages that just blurt out - "could
someone send me a good lesson about _____, I need it right away" - I'm
sorry, but I picture some college student or first year teacher about to
be observed! I agree with the people who stated ArtsEdNet should be a
resource - but not just a quick answer service. So, let's see if we can
drop all this negative stuff and get back to the joy of communicating
with each other.
Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617

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