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Re: Re: artsednet-digest V2 #1354

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Tue, 13 Apr 1999 12:47:42 EDT

The other side of the thread about viewing artwork whose creator has
traits that go against our sensibilities is a student I had in my class
She comes from an ultra-conservative Christian family, and her father
is a preacher in their church. This year, he has gone to the administration
claiming I teach witchcraft, pornography, etc, etc. The principal had to come
in and see exactly what we were doing and found nothing objectionable. His
daughter now gets up during a lesson and claims she cannot learn about all
sorts of things... Navajo creation stories, Mexican art forms, masks... you
name it. Her latest is Egypt and mummies. I tried asking her WHY? Response
"Because my family does not like that stuff." I find myself getting very
angry at this attempt to raise a child in a cultural bubble. (It also appears
that the kid has found a way to wield power). It seems to be one issue that
really gets under my skin, and I know I have posted about it in the past.
Guess it will only go away when she moves on to a different school.

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School