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"As a Graphic Designer who doesn't possess the strongest drawing =
I still consider myself a good artist. Using clip-art (or copy-right
free visuals) allows some artists to get their message across more
efficiently and more successfully visually. Depending on what the
person is using the clip-art for, I se absolutely nothing wrong in using
it as a design tool."
Have we missed a point here?
Children are not "professional" graphic designers with deadlines to =
meet. By allowing children to include "clip art" in their original =
compositions, and allowing them to say: "I did this," tends to put one's =
integrity to question. Teachers who allow children to use "clip art" as =
part of an original visual statement, contribute little toward a child's =
notions of morality.
If - on the other hand - one uses "clip art" as an embellishment for =
say, a writing, social studies, or history assignment, and acknowledges =
the source in print, i.e. graphics source from Geographic Issue #, 1999, =
then that student is following the protocol of a legitimate researcher.
This practice tends to cut down on the appalling amount of plagiarism =
found in student-submitted work from grade 7 through college levels of =
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