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Re: WAR/MILITARY ART and ARTISTS: Using classroom examples/subject as a controversial one and teachi

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Curt Stinson (john.gilinsky)
Thu, 23 Oct 1997 10:10:04 -0400

As well as a teacher I am also an historian who has exhaustively studied
military/war art and artists from around the world. I know of 1 school
board that has fairly explicit policies that actively discourage the
teaching or using of violent prone materials in the classroom. This means
all depictions of violence. What about man made disasters? What about
criminals and criminal activities? What about high school curriculum
"peace studies" that by definition must deal or talk about armed
conflicts? What about real world experiences? Where does visual art come
into play in all of this? For example if younger children for whatever
reasons like to draw soldiers,dead soldiers,wounded soldiers,dead children
from wars,etc....should we as educators do anything?

Please comment on this list as I wish to get some real feedback. My
studies above are truly international and cover from the Renaissance to
the present. Naturally I could use for high school and older examples for
"art history",etc.... However I could also use examples to teach younger
children about social realities,politics(and the failure of same),human
frailties,etc..... But those school policies and pc?