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Re: censorship

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carla harwitt (
Mon, 27 Oct 1997 22:52:19 -0800 (PST)

I teach AP Art History, and I want the freedom to look at, discuss, etc.
whatever I think is important for this subject. So I have each parent sign
the following release form:

Highly Gifted Magnet
North Hollywood High School
September 8, 1997

Dear Parents and Guardians:

As you know, this course is an introduction to art history. We
will examine major forms of artistic expression from the past as well as
the present and from a variety of cultures. The students will learn to
look at works of art critically, with intelligence and sensitivity, and to
articulate what they see or experience. As part of this process, we will
be looking at various works of art in different media from different times
by different cultures. Some of this art involves the naked human form.
Please signify, by signing where indicated below, your permission
for your son or daughter to view, write about, copy, discuss, and explain
works (including but not limited to slides, photographs, videos, statues,
and computer programs) involving naked human forms and interactions. You
acknowledge that there is an important educational purpose in studying
these items as part of an Art History course.


Carla Schiller

Your signature below confirms your permission for and consent to the

___________________________ _______________________
Signature of parent/guardian Name of parent/guardian
(please print)

___________________________ _______________________
Date Student's name(please print)

Feel free to use or modify this form if you find it useful!
--Carla in LA

On Sat, 25 Oct 1997, Fran Marze wrote:

> This is, I feel, an important thread. This is something we always wrestle
> with.I hope we can generate a lot of discussion on this very major
> discussion. Some questions that have come up are students who want to use
> witchcraft symbols and say it is a religion. I hope many people will think
> about this issue and respond.
> On Wed, 22 Oct 1997 Lishughes wrote:
> > I am reviewing censorship issues in art education. I am a graduate student
> > at the University of Arizona and a middle school art teacher. I would
> > appreciate any responses related to censorship issues in your school at any
> > level. Do you have a policy or "rules" for visual images that may or may not
> > be expressed in your class? How do you know the latest "gang" related
> > symbols and if students are expressing these to get a response from you or
> > your peers? How do you know satenism is behind their visual thinking, if
> > they tell you it is only a dirt bike symbol? I want to establish art making
> > "rules" is my classroom from research in this area. Any information,
> > opinions or situations concerning this issue would really be helpful to me as
> > a teacher and a researcher. I believe that my students should be able to
> > express with freedom and interest. I'm just not sure with how much in a
> > public school environment.
> > Many thanks to every response.......................Lisa email-
> > Lishughes
> >