Wednesday, October 04, 2006

This is a catastrophy of the highest order!!!

The New York Times reports...

FRISCO, Tex., Sept. 28 — “Keep the ‘Art’ in ‘Smart’ and ‘Heart,’ ” Sydney McGee had posted on her Web site at Wilma Fisher Elementary School in this moneyed boomtown that is gobbling up the farm fields north of Dallas.

But Ms. McGee, 51, a popular art teacher with 28 years in the classroom, is out of a job after leading her fifth-grade classes last April through the Dallas Museum of Art. One of her students saw nude art in the museum, and after the child’s parent complained, the teacher was suspended.

Although the tour had been approved by the principal, and the 89 students were accompanied by 4 other teachers, at least 12 parents and a museum docent, Ms. McGee said, she was called to the principal the next day and “bashed.”

She later received a memorandum in which the principal, Nancy Lawson, wrote: “During a study trip that you planned for fifth graders, students were exposed to nude statues and other nude art representations.” It cited additional complaints, which Ms. McGee has challenged.

The school board suspended her with pay on Sept. 22.

This is why America consistently gets failing grades in the world community. Not only in Education but Civics as well. One might surmise that as a nation we are willing, nay, wanting to be uncultured! It would appear that we want to turn our back on the very fabric of our civilization.

We need to put a stop to illiterate and uneducated parents insisting that their children be intentionally "dumbed down". This stupidity has to stop, literally!!!

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