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Lesson Plans

censorship in art is counterproductive

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Kevan Nitzberg (
Sat, 14 Aug 1999 18:50:40 -0600

As an instructor, one must have a contextual base from which to operate if
what you expect students to buy into is to have any meaning. As an art
instructor, one must draw from the entire context that is humanity to be
able to fully appreciate the subject matter and the culture from which it
came from if you are to truly represent the reality that caused the work(s)
being examined to be fully appreciated. Not to include the religious \
spiritual influences that are such a large part of why so much art history
even exists would be as narrow-minded as to leave art out of a comprehensive
curriculum because of the notion that it was only an extra-curricular
activity. This certainly doesn't mean that one needs to be advocating one
particular system of belief over another (or none at all, for that matter),
but rather that all areas of human endeavor need to be examined to fully
comprehend what the nature of learning is all about. How is anyone supposed
to develop a complete understanding of his or her own world if we constantly
self or system censor areas of information because they may prove to be
uncomfortable? Unfortunately that 'taboo' version of what one is to be
exposed to and what one isn't has given rise to some of the most heinous of
human inventions (the KKK, the Nazi party, the John Birch Society, satanic
cults, defamation of groups of people through lingusitic execution, etc.).
Art should ultimately be the 'glue' that helps pull all areas of
investigature together, bringing real enlightenment to those who study it
and embrace its lessons and even provide us with the ability to vision and
dream beyond what in fact is explainable.

Kevan Nitzberg
Secondary Art Content Facilitator, District #11
Anoka, MN