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Censorship

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Christine Merriam (ktwnldy.az.us)
Tue, 20 Jan 1998 09:27:40 +0000


Hi!
Well, it finally happened. After 23 years of teaching, I had a visit
from a parent today who does not want his children exposed to
pornography in the art room.
We are studying Africa. We watched a video last week of African
artforms from West Africa. Before the video, I explained that some
people do not wear clothes in parts of the world where it is very hot.
If I went there with my sweaters on, they would think I was nuts, and
if a person came here wearing no clothes in the snow, I would think
they are nuts. I also explained that art reflects the world of the
people and we need to respect it and not giggle. The students were
great!
I took the parent to the principals office. He explained that his
child does not see TV and he does not want her exposed to pornographic
pictures of people with no clothes on. I explained my stance on
Respect for other cultures, etc. The principal supported me. I gave
the parent the option of not having his child attend art class while
we are studying Africa. He chose that.
What would you do?

Chris Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate Art