Bob Beeching wrote:
> Ricki wrote:
> "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
> it as a design tool."
> Bob replies:
> 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