Sunday, January 08, 2006

Professor Roebuck on The Cruelty of Depriving Kids of Access to Violence

From: Valerie J Roebuck
Sent: Sunday, January 08, 2006 3:38 AM
Subject: Re: [Indo-Eurasia] Textbooks in general

".. I recently heard, on a book programme on BBC Radio 4, the (British) author of a children's book on art explaining how she chosethe examples. Apparently, on instructions from the publisher, she had to avoid any paintings of the nude figure (because the Americans wouldn't like them) and any paintings involving physical violence, especially cruelty to animals (because the British wouldn't like them). It seemed to have limited her choice of works of art quite a lot, but no-one on the programme seemed to be shocked by all this--rather it was taken as a given.

(Needless to say, I don't think anyone asked the children what they would be interested in seeing--this was all about what people would supposedly like 'their' children to see.)

Valerie J Roebuck
Manchester, UK

Oh, yeah, Professor Roebuck, one should always put in textbooks what CHILDREN WANT to see. Same with internet access for children too? Yeah, that's right, isn't it?

"PG" means "Pretty Gory" in the movie ratings, doesn't it?


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