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On Thu, 13 Feb 1997, Terry Barrett wrote:
> 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
> advantaged children.
> 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 Gallagher
> >Jann M Gallagher
> >Euclid City Schools
> Terry Barrett
> Professor, Art Education
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> Ohio State University
> Columbus, OH 43210