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Lesson Plans

Drug Subject Matter (Schrooms)

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Sun, 8 Feb 1998 23:02:25 -1000

Right on, Peggy! I too always talk openly with my high school students
about drug use (although I use a bit more discretion with small kids). I
used a lot of drugs in high school (I'm now 45!) and the kids respect me
and listen when I talk to them about drugs. I agree that so much of the
anti-drug stuff isn't realistic. I try to take a health standpoint when
kids ask about my drug use today. I tell them that nowadays I prefer to
be very clear mentally and am concerned with taking good care of my body.
Drugs aren't part of that lifestyle for me. I think there's a real
difference between use and abuse.

I try to let the art room be one place where kids are free to express
themselves. All art work must be original. I never censor subject matter,
as long as it fits the assignment, unless its hurtful to a specific person
or group or is overtly pornographic. I do exercise the right to censor
which work is SHOWN. This becomes a valuable lesson on censorship (the
NEA etc.) which we discuss at length in class. When I see a student making
something which I know I can't display in our hallways, I can usually steer
him/her to another track by reminding them it won't be displayed--our kids
love their work shown! If they choose to do it anyway, I insist it be
taken home as soon as its completed.

One year we designed breakfast cereals (logo, box, and a commercial) and a
student did a pot based cereal called "Weedeze." It was manufactured by
the Mary Jane Company. I thought it was very creative and she did a
wonderful job with the entire project. Her mom was pretty surprised I let
her do it, but no harm came of it. I don't think letting kids do this
stuff encourages them to use drugs.

As for the pipes--I think its a good idea to just stop them up so they
can't be used, but I'd still let kids do a pipe form is they wanted to.
You could get around this by making "non utilitarian" a part of your clay
project criteria.

Deb Rosenbaum