Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Boobs in Art and in Charge

Another simple example why this country has no real future as a united, confident, flourishing liberal democracy. In short, we're doomed.

"In Fresno, Texas, an award-winning Texas art teacher who was reprimanded after one of her fifth-grade students saw a nude sculpture during a trip to a museum has lost her job. The school board in Frisco has voted not to renew Sydney McGee's contract after 28 years. She has been on administrative leave. The teacher took her students on an approved field trip to a Dallas museum, and now some parents are upset. The Fisher Elementary School art teacher came under fire last April when she took 89 fifth-graders on a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art. Parents raised concerns over the field trip after their children reported seeing a nude sculpture at the art museum. The parents had signed permission slips allowing their children to take part in the field trip. McGee's lawyer said the principal at Fisher Elementary School admonished her after a parent complained that a student had seen nude art. McGee said the principal had urged her to take the students to the museum. Now, McGee, who was honored with a Star Teacher Award two years ago, is on paid administrative leave until her contract with the school district expires in March."

Where to begin? So an award-winning art teacher is "urged" by her principal to take the kiddies to the Dallas Museum of Art and after the parents sign perimission slips some nine-year olds saw a boob or two on a sculpture and the teacher, after 28 years of service is going to get fired. If she had taken the kids to a red light district or a XXX movie by the airport without the written permission of the parents I can understand giving her the boot. Didn't the parents give express permission for their kids to go to the museum? Whatever happened to personal responsibility? Does that really mean the teacher is personally responsible for anything the kids see on a field trip? If they little cherubs saw a violent crime being committed outside the museum would the McGee have been fired for exposing them to violence? Probably not since these parents strike me as the type who love violence - probably gun owners who support torture of detainees at secret U.S. prisons and don't mind when abortion clinics are bombed or abortion doctors gunned down - but catch a glimpse of a boob, and not even a real one at that, and well, someone has to get fired.

"Other parents are worried about the future of the art program at the school, which they cite as a reason for moving into the neighborhood. "Our main concern right now is what's going to happen to the children and what's going to happen to the art program at Fisher Elementary. It is the best art program. That's the reason we moved to this neighborhood. It's because of the teachers," said Shannon Allen, a parent. "It was a principal-approved trip. What's the big deal?"

The real big deal is that the Puritans have power and just like the Muslim fanactics who intimidate Western governments, newspaper cartoonists, Dutch filmmakers and the Pope with violent protests protesting people claiming they are violent, they too will make life unlivable for all of us unfortunate enough to want to see art, watch a movie, buy contraceptives, have a beer, go to a casino or any other activity that isn't approved by their God who whispers the "banned" list directly into their small brains. And forget about riding on a bus, train or plane to go do those "scandalous" activites. The Puritans who follow Allah have made that a gamble too.

BONUS POST: "In a sign of regional concern over terrorism, Saudi Arabia is pushing ahead with plans to build a fence along its entire 560-mile (900-kilometer) border with Iraq to prevent terrorists from entering the kingdom from the chaotic north." Gee. I wonder if the world will criticize this as much as they did the Israelis for building a wall for the same reason - to keep bloodthirsty murderers who want to blow themselves and innocent civilians up, out of the country. I'm going to bet no.


Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

Reminds me of the reports of Bush snickering like a nitwit when he saw some nekkid pictures at the Louvre - his first trip to an art museum at the age of fifty something.

But of course the vast majority of gun owners don't stand for the things you accuse them of. Some are liberals some are art dealers, some hate republicans - and the right to bear arms is a highly liberal concept.

9:47 AM  
Blogger Intellectual Insurgent said...

I think there was a Simpsons episode about this where Marge gets art banned from Springfield.

11:58 PM  

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