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Re: Vandalism-No!

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Sun, 4 Oct 1998 16:49:17 EDT

I know you are a licensed Art therapist, and I'm not---so you know where I'm
coming from.
I respect you for being an art therapist, but I must ask you if you have ever
been in the rough part of your town. I don't know where you practice your
therapy. I teach in Chicago-in a 100 year old, overcrowded, inner city
school, Hispanic and Black, poverty, welfare, foster parents, no dads, mom is
a hooker, druggie,etc,etc., A lot of my studetns have experimented or are on
drugs. . How is giving clay to a child after he/she trashes your room going
to teach him respect for school, himself? How is he/she accountable for
his/her actions? I have some students (13, 14 years old ) that have already
stolen cars. Do we give them clay too? I don't mean to sound glib about
this, Joy, but I see these kids and their horrible behavior everyday(-fsome
of them, not all, of course). I'll tell you this right now--if I gave clay to
a kid who trashed the school or classrooms, my principal would throw me out of
the window-head first.