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Lesson Plans

Re: censorship

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Tue, 5 Mar 1996 15:54:58 -0500

I wholeheartedly agree with what Bob said about looking to your school
district guidelines for handling censorship issues...and you can avoid a lot
of paper pushing and explaining to parents and administartors. The common
sense issue with the works in progress are;
1. Does the work meet the established criteria/parameters ...(woe to the
teacher that attempts to assess and prove the validity of a project without
established criteria for the production activity!)
2. Does it comply to school standards for acceptable material....(if they
can't wear a certain kind of t-shirt to school, then why should they
re-create these images in class)this happens to be the prevalent
administrative point of view.
3. And, this is a personal issue for me, does the work violate the belief
systems of others in class so as to be devisive instead of constructive.
I believe that for students there is a time to hold back the throttle a
little, and a time to "let it rip" as an artist expressing a viewpoint
passionately....teaching the difference with sensitivity is the key!