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Re: Censoring Images

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Jane Shiflett Manner (jmanner)
Mon, 26 Apr 1999 00:14:46 -0400

I am an art teacher. I am not trained to be an art therapist. There are
28 students in my classroom at a time. The work they do is involved in
class critiques and is shown in the school and community. It is, therefore,
not just personal expression, but shared visual statement. I monitor what
is produced and will continue to do so. Their work may not have the
intention of being denigrating or disruptive. It may be provocative, but
not intentionaly hurtful. I am an adult and the teacher. My high school
students are children. It is my responsibility as a professional to see
that the products of my classroom enrich both the community and the student
artists. Futhermore, it is part of my professional responsibility to
foster the growth of maturity in my students. There are those who produce
blood and gore, roses with crosses, cross bones, and such. They either
learn to identify and cease to do trite subject matter instead of putting
thought into the projects or they fail and no longer progress in the art

It is not my job to be searching for emotional problems or solving
society's short comings. It is my job to facilitate the production of art
and to present the history of art and help my students understand the
cultural relevance of those artworks studied. There is an established set
of rules for behavior and methods of handling infringements which I follow.
There is an established sequence of referals for students with
developmental, educational, and emotional problems. There are trained
professional who were hired to handle these situations.

We are responsible for teaching art. We are not therapists for troubled
and potentially violent students. What we do is of worth. We have enough
"on our plates" and none of should feel guilty or responsible for aberant
behavior in our schools or society. Let's set an example of doing a good
job of what we do. It touches lives and stretches minds. We are doing our

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