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Re: [teacherartexchange] just told by my principal (don't worry happy ending)


From: Maggie White (mwhiteaz_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat May 27 2006 - 11:10:46 PDT


I agee with your strategy. I think sending disclaimers would get
parents all excited (in a bad way) and open up a can of worms. I used
to have pretty much the same policy as you; if I lent a book to a
student I told him/her there was nudity in it, it was nothing to get
excited about, and if s/he didn't think s/he could handle it, to select
a different book. Never had a problem. The only class I ever showed
slides of nudes to were my art history classes, and I prepared them for
it the very first day. No complaints, no problems. I think if you're
matter-of-fact about it, the students will be, too.


M. Austin wrote:

> I don't send out letters or "disclaimer" notes. I have alot of books
> in my middle/high school classroom, and I don't censor them. With my
> middle school students I don't use artwork with nudity, but I do tell
> them that it is in my books. I simply explain that the human body is
> the hardest thing to draw or piant. They are allowed to browse my
> books during free time or when they need inspiration, but I tell them
> that the minute they laugh, point, or call others to the book to
> "share", that they have turned art into porn and they are banned from
> the books. I let them decide if they are mature enough to handle it or
> not. By being matter-of-fact about it, students quickly pass through
> that uncomfortable stage and quit looking for nudity and start
> enjoying the artwork.
>> That's a keeper. Very funny. In retrospect, yesterday
>> evening I was thinking it really just means I need to
>> show lots and lots more art, and deal with it very
>> openly. I really don't want to send "disclaimer" notes
>> home to parents, because that is like saying the
>> Sistine Chapel is on par with a PG movie. But I may
>> have a parent evening early in the year and make a
>> little tour of art history out of it.
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