Just as clothing should be school appropriate (no depictions of alcohol,
tobacco, drugs, sex, weapons, or violence) we have to be careful about art
subjects in school. I know this is touchy. We tell them EXPRESS YOURSELF,
then put limits on what they may say, but I like my job and want to keep it.
The kids understand if I put I this way.
However, they also know if they choose to tell me something in their art
which is not "appropriate to school" I can't display it, though it sometimes
gives me some insight, a chance to talk with them and perhaps refer them to
By the way, this is middle school.
Older kids may get a litle more leeway, particularly in what may be
displayed, but I don't want to spend my energy fighting parents,
administrators, or the board of education.