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Freedom of Expression since 9/11

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ejb35_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Nov 09 2003 - 12:55:19 PST


Have any of you a sense that freedom of expression in your art
class is subject to a "chilling effect" since 9/11?

Are you or your students under any pressure to present certain
issues and avoid others. Are patriotic subjects requested as
bulletin board decorations? Is divergent thinking about war
acceptable?

During both World Wars, the government sponsored poster projects to
build patriotism and encourage such things as saving metals and
rubber, planting victory gardens, buying bonds. School children
helped with the efforts by creating posters on these and other
subjects. Are your students making any posters, either school
sponsored or self-motivated?

Every six months I take the pulse of our list on the subject of
freedom of expression, which is the subject of my dissertation
research.

If you have any anecdotes to share, or concerns about freedom of
expression/censorship in the art room/of the art program, email me
off list. Thanks Jane in Brooklyn

Jane in Brooklyn

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