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Re: Art education censorhsip

From: Dave Wuerffel (wuerfeld)
Date: Mon Jul 31 2000 - 13:06:51 PDT

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    Thanks so much for your contribution.
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    From: <Bicyclken>
    To: ArtsEdNet Talk <artsednet>
    Sent: Sunday, July 30, 2000 4:40 PM
    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
    > topics?
    > 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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