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Lesson Plans

Nudity with elementary students

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menichino (menichino)
Tue, 23 Feb 1999 19:28:15 -0500

Hi again everyone --
I knew there'd be a variety of opinions about my question -- And in keeping
with many suggestions, I have to point out that I don't use naked people
pictures for my presentations -- I use other examples that are more
appropriate. And I discuss why artists think the human body is beautiful
and how our society is weird for thinking that nude equals naughty. But
the books I was referring to are available for the kids to look at when
they're done with their work, or during free time. Too many times there'd
be the huddle of boys snickering in the corner showing all the good pages
to each other! But I guess my concern is two-fold. Some students seem
truly upset at seeing nudity -- they've been taught at home (and I suppose
it is perpetuated at school!) that it's naughty. I don't want any students
to feel uncomfortable at this young age when they may not be able to
understand/rationalize it. (I know like Rosa said it could be turned
around if we make the effort to educate them!). The other thing I wonder
about -- do parents ever complain about nudity in artwork that is presented
in the schools?
Thanks for all your thoughtful responses on this -- you guys are great!
Liz in rural NY

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