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I think the questions you raise we as teachers, teacher educators, and
community leaders need to address. This is a good forum to address them.
Thanks for writing clear and important questions. I rather have us address
them than pretend that they don't exist and ignore them.
These are some tentative answers of mine to some of your questions...
Children might be taught that there are good and bad things in the world,
and to have a social conscience, and to seek ways to safely and effectively
make things better.
Children might be taught what abuse consists of, and to know if they are
being abused, and what they might do to try to safely stop it.
Older children might be taught how to protect younger children.
More advantaged children might be taught to care about and help less
Children might be taught to make art about social issues that anger them.
There is some powerful art made by artists who are outraged at social and
cultural injustices, and this art might be used to teach students, at
appropriate grade levels, about social issues: Edward Kienholtz, Barbara
Kruger, Edgar Heap of Birds, Sue Coe, Leon Golub, Nancy Spero, Lorna
Simpson, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Eugene Richards, Carrie Mae Weems, Keith
Haring, ACT-UP, Group Material, Gran Fury, Adrian Piper, David Hammons,
Luis Jimenez, Alfredo Jaar, Tim Rollins and KOS, Mel Chin, James Luna,
Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Robert Colescott, Mary Ellen Mark, Laurie Anderson,
Papo Colo, Duane Michals, Beverly Pepper, Survival Research Laboratories,
Pat Ward Williams, Fred Wilson, David Wojnarowicz.
Thanks for your concerns.
>Is that what you think I am promoting...Pepsi Cola Multiculturalism?
>As a public school educator, am I responsible for filling the minds of
>children with the horrors of the world? How will that information protect
>them? Will it set them free?
>At what age would you have me discuss human abuse with children?
>When would it be suitable to expose young minds to the story you shared?
>Where is the balance between facing the reality of all types of human abuse
>and going on in the faith in the goodness of humankind?
>Jann M Gallagher
>Euclid City Schools
Professor, Art Education
340 Hopkins Hall
Ohio State University
Columbus, OH 43210