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Sex in the classroom

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Bunki Kramer (bkramer.ca.us)
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 09:45:26 -0700


Jerry,

I guess you didn't understand my humor...though it's warped at times! As I
mentioned in my looooooong post, we have a very confrontational parent
community and they are "on" us, administrations and school boards
constantly "supervising" the way, what, and how we teach our kids. As I
said before, I can't even show JARASSIC PARK without permission!!! Up to
three years ago we had to even send our videos to the school board for
approval!

Yes, I agree you need to talk to kids about sex (it's necessary, needed,
and appreciated by the kids) and you can do it "clean and with humor" but
parents in our school district are really uptight. The teacher in our
school (young) who teaches sex ed. in 6th grade really had an extremely
tough time doing her job and caused quite an upheaval in our particular
school. There were even complaints she was "too young" for the job!!!!!!

In my classroom I cannot show ANY of those glorious pictures which show the
human body in the nude. Yes, I do discuss brothels and prostitution and
answer questions but I can't show the budding of cubism and Picasso's
beginning cublist paintings of nudes to the class. I can't show the film
on Georgia O'Keeffe because it shows pistons (or whatever) erect and
someone talking about sexual overtones even though she doesn't agree with
the speaker. I can't show a video on Cezanne because it talks about and
shows many of his paintings depicting nudes, sex and rape. You and I know
that sex is a strong thread running thoughout art since the beginning of
time...but don't let the teachers teach it without having your "parental"
fingers in it!

Remember, I teach middle school. Our neighboring high school has very
little problem with this because, I guess "kids are ready now". Don't ask
me to explain this archaic concept!!! But it's REAL!

Anyone else have this problem?

Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Road
Danville, California 94526
bkramer.ca.us


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