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Hi, Juncture (how about including a name we can address you by?),
With potentially troublesome material (troublesome more to parents than
kids, you know), I try to integrate as many different cultures as
possible, including Western, to show the universality of certain objects
And no, no matter how much a parent squawks, merely seeing or making a
mandala for a couple of weeks is going to influence a kid to the point
s/he rejects baggy pants and platform sneakers ;) I feel very strongly
that we _should_ expose our students to a variety of cultures and
beliefs; not to convert anyone, but help the students understand that the
world is a big place, with room enough for many belief systems.