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[teacherartexchange] Re Woody on Free expression


Date: Thu Jul 05 2007 - 07:05:44 PDT

Woody Duncan has weighed in on the Supreme Court decision limiting
student free expression. What does the rest of the list think?

I've been working to understand what the role of free expression
can/should be in visual arts. I continue to wonder:

Will I be more likely to censor or self censor with the erosion of
student rights?

Is my school or school administration touchy about controversial
content in student art work?

Do we have any rules or directives in our schools that limit what
students can express through the visual or performing arts?

What do I need to communicate about the value of freedom of
expression in visual arts in schools? Who needs to know about this

Do I tend to limit what students express by sticking with elements
and principles and "work in the style of"; do I spend a lot of time
with complicated techniques?

NOTE: I don't advocate license, and most on the list would agree
about the responsibility that goes with any freedom.

Since the Court's decision appears to only apply to pro drug
expression, seeing how an earlier ruling, known as "Hazelwood" has
been broadly interpreted and applied in school free expression
cases can be instructive.

Also see some information about artists who have been censored and
the resulting legal decisions from The Thomas Jefferson Foundation
"Art on Trial"

How do you think attitudes toward art and artists affect your art
teaching, and your art practice that may be judged differently
since you are also a teacher, as well as an artist.

Happy summer

Jane in Brooklyn

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