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Lesson Plans

Re: nudity with elementary students

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Mon, 22 Feb 1999 22:02:13 EST

I am just very careful not to show anything that is REALLY shocking
(everything hanging out, as I would probably not show my own elementary age
children SOME of these things, too.) Prefacing the viewing of the artwork
with a bit of a warning and similar "expectation" comments helps, too.

Recently, while shopping at a mall, my 3rd grade daughter noticed a sculpture
(around 2ft. tall) of a nude woman and man in a loving embrace in a storefront
window. If this sculpture was photographed, there would not be a single area
that could be "erased" by the teacher who uses this technique! She shrieked
"That's DISGUSTING!" to my dismay. An ART Teacher's daughter, no less! I
quickly gave the "human body is a beautiful thing" lecture, but feel like I
have done her some disservice. Is it me? Or society? The more they are
exposed in the media with lurid commercials, print ads, etc., the more they
cringe? Help.

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