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Re: [teacherartexchange] Responses re Supreme Court Ruling?


From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 03 2007 - 07:08:07 PDT

I agree as well - for the most part. With 98% of my students, they don't
have the maturity to be truly making a personal statement. Mostly, they are
regurgitating what their peers think, what they see on TV, what they hear in
their music. So my rule is - if they can't wear it on a t-shirt to school,
they can't create it in class, using tax dollar supplies. For the 2% that
are mature enough to be really "into art" and are going to have a career
that is art based, I allow them to make their own decision. I tell them that
if they truely want to do something that they must be willing to fight for
it, to stand in front of the school board and the newspapers to defend it,
and that I will stand alongside them. I have never had a student feel it was
worthy of going to that much hassel. Oh, and if it is illegal (like clay
bongs or pipes, or just flat out "not art" like ashtrays, or sexual) I tell
them that "for some reason I have had one of those make it clear through a
firing". They tend to get dropped in the trash can on the way to the kiln.
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist

>>>In my town they do not want anything that is drug or sex
> related, or violent in nature.

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