Thanks so much for your contribution.
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Subject: Re: Art education censorhsip
> #1.Do you believe that art instructors should censor art material shown
> the classroom?
> Yes, there are certain subjects like drugs, alcohol, sexual innuendo, and
> such that are not appropriate for the high school classroom. The people
> public school must attend therefore they do not have to endure things that
> they might find offensive. Good taste and appropriate subject matter
> be the responsibility of the teacher and when or if a student gets to
> and still thinks that they need to use these subject areas there is a
> arena for their art.
> #2 Should they state that certain ideas, themes and images are not
> acceptable in the classroom?
> Yes, see above
> #3 Should famous works of 'nude' people be presented at all, and if, when?
> When discussing art history there will be times when a nude is the subject
> an artist. Tasteful nude can be used as a learning tool for the
> understanding of an artist. Pornographic nudity is much different and I
> would not tolerate that in class.
> What about images that show topics like violence, war, or other
> Violence is a part of history but if it is just to be violent then no. If
> is to make a point and perhaps create some thought or discussion then OK.
> Controversial subjects are hard to deal with if the person dealing with
> is not careful to be tasteful and discrete when using subject matter that
> could hurt the feelings of others. That is not for High School.
> #5 Does your school district have a set policy on what is allowable, or do
> you as instructors decide?
> I don't know of a set policy but I would always check with my principal
> before showing a work if I thought it would be on the edge. I ant his
> support if there is a problem with a parent.
> Ken Schwab
> San Jose CA
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