Do any ARTS ED NETTER schools out there have formal censorship
All of you who know my dissertation topic at TC may be tired of me
on my censorship soap box, but this is such a good example of what
happens without clear policies that everyone can rely on.
Not just your school, but our national associations should have
policies to help us AND our administrators,and our parents.
I refer all to the NCTE website and the policies that the English
Teachers' association has for non-print materials in the classroom -
That goes for videos, art works, etc.
The National Library Association has excellent material that can be
adapted, based on their struggles with the Internet in the past few
I would try to get some attention paid to these organizations'
documents by your school administrators, parents etc. if you have
to set up an ad hoc committee.
Because we don't deal with the "what if's," we art teachers are at
risk and we get blindsided. Talk to your friends in the language
arts department. Network with them and social studies teachers --
anyone who has to deal with real life issues (read difficult) in
the classroom has strategies that can work for art, as well.
Maybe ArtsEdNet could get together at NAEA (so sorry I can't go
this year but see you all in Boston, I hope) and review their
statement on Censorship, available from the NAEA. I have presented
that material during the small round table discussions I held at
NAEA in '01 and '03 It was written by a friend of mine more than a
decade ago to deal with this problem that will not go away...unless
we take some action to clarify what is "appropriate."
This is a great task for our powerful, potent, wise, and wonderful
group to take on. As Sharon said, "go girl(s)" -- and boys!
Jane in Brooklyn.