Letters to the Editor

April 2, 2013

Artistic expression in school needs context

After a constituent raised concern about a painting in Robert Smalls Middle School that stated "You can't have capitalism without racism!," I contacted school district officials for an explanation. My goal wasn't censorship or to discourage discussions of the view expressed, but to ensure such an incendiary statement was presented in a learning context rather than as an implied acceptance of the view. To her credit, the principal agreed the painting wasn't presented with sufficient context and recognized that students could mistakenly assume the school endorsed the idea expressed.

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