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Re: Artistic Response / Admin response :-(


From: The Austin's (whest177_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Oct 26 2001 - 22:28:26 PDT

I had a similiar response. We went right ahead with all our activities and
couldn't be bothered to add in enough time to play the national anthem at
Friday night's games at our high school. Monday morning at staff meeting we
were told it was time to "get on with our lives" and not to dwell on it.
Being the rebel that I am I went and draped a huge sheet of paper down the
hall and invited students to share their thoughts, which we then mailed to
the NY Fire Dept. Luckily, my elementary admin. decided it was time for a
"Celebration of Us", and I was encouraged to create patriotic artwork to
help the students heal. I found it amazing that my HS admin. could be so

> thank you all for the great ideas on Peace. The week after the attack I
> wanted to do something positive with my students and turned to this list
> for ideas. ( I was too shocked and sad the first week to keep my
> composure about this tragic event ) I put together a package for
> teachers on a variety of peace dove lessons from grades 1-12 and
> presented the idea to my principal. I only teach grades 6-10 and I wanted
> to open this up to the entire school to participate in and have a show
> of Peace in our school library. I was surprised that my principal did not
> want a display of student art on this theme on display as he felt it
> could be viewed as not supportive to Americans. I was shocked. He edited
> the package and allowed me to proceed in a low profile way and I went
> ahead and did work with my kids - which was some of the best work they
> have ever done by the way. Have any of you had a similiar response from
> administration? Catharine in Hong Kong

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