Art Exposure Leads to Firing

September 27th, 2006 · No Comments · Texas, Writing

Michelangelo, David, [source]

Texas art is in the news again, and not in a good way (story here). A Frisco (far northern exurb of Dallas) 5th grade art teacher has been fired, allegedly for exposing a student to a nude sculpture on a trip to the Dallas Museum of Art. According to the Frisco Enterprise Star, the teacher had received a “low evaluation rating” at the end of the 2005-6 school year (source), and the firing had to do with her job performance. But even if that’s the case, why would the district choose to hit such a radical hot button by firing her over the museum field trip?

The most baffling aspect of all is that the principle will not disclose the piece of art in question, and referred to it only as an “abstract sculpture” (source). So which is it? Nude or abstract? Or is the principle so misinformed about art that she is unable to distinguish between the two?

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