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Re: Re:[teacherartexchange] Responses re Supreme Court Ruling?

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From: M. Austin (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 03 2007 - 18:21:50 PDT


Wow! Am I glad I don't have those challenges! I censor my elementary
classes, but I expect my middle/high school classes to act responsibly with
the books & magazines. I tell them the minute they point, laugh, share with
their friends, that they have turned the nudity into porn. They then lose
the right to look at the art books, magazines are along the lines of "field
& stream" or "woman's world", and no internet. If they want to draw
mushrooms (but they're vegetables, honest!) then they have to draw a potato
with it. (I have alot of strange rules! *L*)
~Michal
3-12 Kansas Art Teacher
HS Digital Communications
Technology Integration Specialist
http://www.geocities.com/theartkids
http://spotlight.digication.com/maustin

> As for experiencing censorship, I was called in last
> year for allowing my students to willy nilly look at
> what used to be considered middle-school-appropriate
> art history books. "All those naked pictures". My
> boyfriend was not only called in but observed and had
> his materials reviewed for showing Rick Steves' video
> "The best of Italy" as part of his European unit
> (geography teacher).
>
> I have removed all National Geographic magazines from
> my classroom and no longer use them for collages, it
> is just such a problem, I am so tired of kids trying
> to be helpful and quietly bringing me a picture of
> indigenous nudity and telling me they don't want me to
> "get in trouble".

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