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How to deal with irrate parents??

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Lisa R. Harman (lharman)
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 17:36:22 +0000

Hello all,
> Sorry if this has been discussed before but I need your help. Our
> districts fine arts team focuses on a different culture each year. This
> year is Mexico and I have been doing many lessons relating to Day of the
> Dead. I have been very careful not to teach it as specifically a
> "religious" event but as a "Cultural" event. Of course quite a few of
> the lessons involved skeletons. In one particular lesson we studied Jose
> Guadalupe Posada - a Mexican caroonist who primarily uses skeletons for
> his subjects. I had the kids make their own skeleton prints.
> Today my principal received a lengthy letter from a parent who was
> appalled that I would teach about Day of the Dead. She said it was evil
> and although she believed in teaching cultures that not everything in
> the culture is good. It went on and on..... you get the gist. I was
> hurt because this was the first I had heard any negative comments on
> these lessons. She said that she was upset that teachers are teaching
> things like this and not the Christian values. I am also a Christian
> and regardless of what religion we are, we still need to be aware of
> others beliefs. How in the world can you teach the art of a culture
> apart from its religion? Much of art comes from the religion of the
> culture. Have any of you run across this problem? If so, how did you
> deal with it? My principal is very supportive of me and told me to call
> and talk with the woman.
> Lisa from PA

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