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Lesson Plans


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Sat, 24 Jan 1998 23:17:52 EST

I took all of my middle school students a couple weeks ago to a Rodin exhibit,
which consisted mostly of nude sculptures. Exposure to unclothed human form in
art is not new to any of my students. My third and fourth graders learn about
how people of tribal cultures dress, and adorn themselves. My fifth graders
have seen unclothed athletes on Greek vases. My sixth graders study the
Renaissance uncensored and my eighth graders have seen Impressionist paintings
with nudes in them. I have forewarned and discussed the issue with my students
on all occasions. Often it is my students who instigate fascinating
discussions about how we taboo the nude, and what that says about us.
Luckily no one has asked me to censor. When I first started this job, I asked
my Head Master (yes its a private school) if I need worry about nudity in the
visuals I show the students. He said no, and I have been very happy with my
ability to teach free of censorship.

My questions to all of you on this are:

1. Is my situation and extreme rarity?
2. Do you think there is a lawsuit waiting to happen?
3. If you had this freedom from censorship, would you send letters home to
everytime their child would encounter a nude in art class
or field trips
to the art museum?

I'll be interested to hear your responses. Thanks......................Dawn

  • Maybe reply: LilianBobo: "Re: censorship"