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Re: artsednet-digest V2 #1354

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Tue, 13 Apr 1999 18:30:47 EDT

It's always important to be sensitive to the students in your class
concerning their beliefs and culture. I teach outside Houston Tx. We have
people coming in from all over the world in various industries. If parents
perceive someones class as promoting a specific cultural bias you can get
into trouble quickly. When discussing Kachina's, for example, I ask them how
they are similar to something in their own culture or belief. This then
isn't perceived by the parent as trying to replace their child's beliefs but
gets them to reinforce their own values and beliefs.
I suspect your family that is upset because in the last couple decades its ok
to be sensitive to everyone elses beliefs but not theirs. I have noted also
that expressions of Christian faith tend to be placed at the bottom or the
back panels of art shows...if they are accepted at all.
It's important to be sensitive but hopefully instructional as well. I
haven't changed my curriulum and I have yet to have a call concerning
religious issues. I know several if our building have, and we freely discuss
at a 5th and 6th grade level. I won't shirk at a showing religious icon
picture, nor will I back off from a Haitian steel cutout. We even covered
Day of the Dead.
Laurie Stone Adams

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