Sunday, October 5, 2008

Moral Rights

In schools, students have the right to not have their name disclosed on their work such as, artwork, writing, sculptures, & etc. This right was put into place to prevent students' works from being destroyed, damaged, or defaced by another individual. If this right was not put into place and another individual damaged a students work that student could have the possibility to sue the school for violation of rights. How do you feel about this right? Have you ever heard of any student or parent sue the school for this reason or any reason closely related?

7 comments:

J. Urick said...

I never heard of this, Leeann....interesting. I usually disclose some students work from having a name on it at times, but on all of their essays, I have them put their name on the papers. I suppose if a student refuses, I could know by the title of the essay? I'm not sure how I feel about this issue. I can see the reason for it because of defacing and whatnot, but I wouldn't go too overboard with the idea.

Jessica

Izzy Fattore said...

I never heard of this either Leeann. As an English teacher, I alwasy give my students the option of having their name go up or not. Some students just don't want the attention. I don't know if a law/school rule is necessary. I would assume that all teachers would not place a student's name on a piece of work if that student so requests.

ILONA said...

A while back at previous school I was asked to assign the student with a numerical id - for some of the issues you noted. I thought this was horrible and I am happy that at my present school I do not have to do this.

Cloudscome said...

I have never heard of this either. We hang the kid's work up with their names all the time. Posting it on the Internet is different, of course, but within the school I've never heard that they had the right not to be identified. Is it a local, state or national law? I'd love to hear more about it.

LibraryGirl said...

Wow, that is amazing. I guess I can understand the logic behind it - but it seems you can take everything to extremes. At the elementary level especially, I think kids are proud of their work and love to have it displayed.

Kristen said...

I work as the copy person in a high school guidance office. Students will often come down with papers they need extra copies of, and sometimes they will already have their names on them. They're usually in a hurry, so I go ahead and make the copies without blotting the name out. Maybe I better rethink that! Sometimes I think in our effort to protect kids we go to ridiculous extremes...unfortunately we have to, in this litigious society.

richter-math said...

It is amazing all of the things we are learning by these copyright blogs. Thanks to everyone that is following and responding to my posts. I am trying to get better at this whole blogging thing but it is a bit hard. It is amazing to learn that we break a lot of these copyright rules/laws everyday!