I teach first grade a pubic school in Boulder Colorado. I use a lot of
art in my academic based classroom. I have a number of art books out for
the children to look at and use as extensions in the classroom. Some of
them I have censored from the children because of the nudity in some of
the paintings (ie.: Dance by Matisse, Bathers by Picasso, and some
Gauguin paintings (quite harmless - I know).
I am in the process of researching and writing a paper for the parents
based on the theory that if a child is exposed to the naked body in a
healthy way, using art as an example, they will develop a healthy
perspective towards the body in general and theirs as well. I am having
no problem with the research. There is a lot of evidence out there to
support it (as well as using a lot of your past postings which I have
saved and filed. Don't worry - I won't be quoting any of you).
During my research I ran across a warning against exposing children to
nudity by Benjamin Spock and Dr. Joyce Brothers. Sorry to say but after
studying the developmental stages of Piaget (and how egocentric children
are at this age) their warning made sense. They mentioned that if
children are exposed to adult/parent nudity they will develop childhood
traumas because their body does not compare to what they see and it will
be a blow to their self concept.
Could you enlighten me as to which theory is the most accurate and if you
know of anything published to support it?
Thanks for your time.
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Boulder CO 80301