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disease/tragedy of the week

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Nnaell_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Thu Aug 29 2002 - 19:04:32 PDT


mmm....I have been reading the postings re: September 11, Day without Art
(AIDS Awareness), etc...and part of me...just sobbs at all the sadness in our
world...and part of me feels as if I should protect my students (they are
youngsters) from all this.

Not to sound grinchy but we could be doing a project every day to commemorate
some horrible happening or disease awareness. I realize that so much of art
stems from the socio/political/economic awareness of an artist....but in the
end.....I think I have to go back to several earlier postings re: the loss of
childhood/innocence.

Someone on the list berated me for not wanting to do a lesson or have a
conversation with my students about September 11 (our school is having a
very brief flag ceremony, moment of silence and readings). I have to say, as
an adult...watching the news, reading the paper, etc...is difficult enough
for me sometimes. Ijust can't subject my students to that.

Does this mean that I don't think they can discuss this? NO...if it comes
up, we discuss it...but to borrow from Lawrence's Inquiry based discussion
post.....I don't think I should bring it up. In all the days after that
horrible tragedy.....it was mentioned by my students maybe.....2-3
times....we had a brief discussion based on the comments made...I took my cue
from my students. Kids are so stressed by all this stuff...aids (we start
talking about hiv in our second grade health curriculum), terrorism, child
abductions.....I can't add to their stress level by doing lessons or asking
them to examine their feelings about any of these things unless they bring
it up.

I know...I will get letters......please....but I felt I had to say something.
 I suppose as the day draws near....I too am feeling the stress of it...as I
suppose we all are.

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