Interstellar Adventures

September 25, 2006

Tuesday Stew

Filed under: Rants & Opinions — by InterstellarLass @ 9:49 pm

I’ve been off my soap box for a couple of weeks, but all I had to do was watch the news tonight, and a few stories got up my dander again.

Ban Art! Last April, a local fifth grade art teacher took a group of students on a school sanctioned field trip, for which parents signed permission slips. This field trip was to the Dallas Museum of Art. Evidently, one of the students made comment to their parents about a nude sculpture that they saw while walking through the museum, and now the parents are all in a tizzy!

People, this is a major metropolitan art museum. This is not your local community center that features the art of the students from the cultural arts project for the year. Museums feature classic sculpture, and some classic sculpture is not fully clothed. Musuems have field trips, and while I think it’s reasonable to expect that your child not be taken through an all-nude exhibit, I don’t think it’s reasonable that if you sign a permission slip for your child to attend a field trip at a museum that contains art, including classic sculpture, you don’t expect that your child might pass one of these.

Museum galleries are not rated like your evening TV lineup.  If you’re concerned what your child might see, do some of your own research about the exhibit before you sign the permission slip. Don’t whine about it afterward if you didn’t ask questions. And for goodness sake, don’t make it bigger than it has to be. Perhaps now would be a perfect time to actually discuss the physical human form and entreat your child to ask questions. Maybe this would be a great opportunity to create a dialog with your child that’s about to enter a new school in the near future, and a new, older class of students that are going to have a wider body of knowledge about the body.

And further, the school district has chosen to fire this art teacher. Yes, this woman has lost her job. She went through the proper channels, got all her forms signed, and this field trip was even at the suggestion of the school. Let’s just put on our blinders. La la la la la… (fingers stuck in ears and eyes closed). Parent accountability. Where is it? Let’s all put on our politically correct, don’t get our asses-sued hats, and bury our head in the sand like a bunch of deaf, dumb, blind ostriches.

Bad Samaritans? A man was driving down a local freeway and lost control of his car around a particularly sharp curve. After he crashed his car, he was briefly unconscious, and in this time, a crowd gathered around him. But rather than helping this man that was just injured in a car crash, these people robbed him! They picked his pockets! Stole his wallet! And then, while he’s being rescued by EMTs, these thieves ran over to Wal-Mart and some gas stations and used his credit cards! Unbelievable.

Text this! A local movie theater is under fire for tossing teens caught disrupting the movie while texting during the feature film. And people are mad that the kids got kicked out! Um, hello! It’s just as disruptive as a conversation. The glow of the screen and the obvious action is disruptive and distracting. At at $8.00+ for tickets, I don’t want to see green-blue-glowing screens all around the theater! Turn.It.Off! The world will live without you. You are not that important. Get over yourself.


  1. Lass, is there a petition or anything to get this art teacher her job back? Outrageous.

    Robbing an unconscious man – I can’t even think of words to say about this.

    LOL – I wish my local theater would boot kids for texting among all the other crap they do at the movies. You have to wonder why they go, they certainly don’t watch the movie.

    Good rants!

    Comment by writerchick — September 25, 2006 @ 11:56 pm |Reply

  2. That is RIDICULOUS! I’m appalled. People, it’s art! Get a grip. It’s like they’re all still 9 and going, “ooooh! boobies!” Arrrrgh!


    Comment by Gypsy — September 26, 2006 @ 7:09 am |Reply

  3. Well, you can only imagine what I must think of the art teacher being fired. For a freaking nude sculpture???? Thank goodness she didn’t take them to a Maplethorpe exhibit!!

    Kids getting kicked out for texting…AMEN and keep up the good work!

    Comment by carnealian — September 26, 2006 @ 8:10 am |Reply

  4. these are probably the same people that let their kids watch primetime tv and late night HBO. I love it. The fact that they were shocked about the nude sculptures suggests that they have never set foot in a museum themselves. Nothing like hanging out your small mindedness for the entire world to view.

    Comment by Kristen — September 26, 2006 @ 9:47 am |Reply

  5. I feel badly for the state of the children in that school that enough parents didn’t stand up for the teacher, just on general principles. I can’t imagine a majority of parents would side with the one(s) making the complaint – sounds more like the old silent passivity that lets bad things happen….
    Sadly, there was a parent interviewed that said that the teacher was a great art teacher, and that the school is known for a great art program, etc. I honestly think the school district is afraid of having their pants sued off.


    Comment by Barry — September 26, 2006 @ 11:44 am |Reply

  6. Lass, do you have a link to the story about the art teacher, or details on who or where it was?
    The teacher is in the Frisco ISD. If you read the story, you’ll note that she was awarded the Star Teacher of the Year award two years ago.

    Comment by Barry — September 26, 2006 @ 11:45 am |Reply

  7. ACK! This is all so wrong! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

    I’m sad for that art teacher, I hope this cloud ends up in a big silver lining for her somehow.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — September 26, 2006 @ 12:46 pm |Reply

  8. Here’s what’s odd about this kind of reporting (the teacher)..
    The article, while stating everything that Lass said, also says:

    District officials have repeatedly pointed to other performance issues and said the trip didn’t spark the reprimands.
    Ms. McGee became the subject of frequent media reports over the last month after the board rejected her August request to transfer to another Frisco school.

    Which would seem to point to her firing/leave actually being over things other than the museum trip.
    But then, later…

    But Ms. McGee said she received a negative review and several directives from Fisher principal Nancy Lawson only after a parent reportedly complained about the trip.

    So, once again, someone is lying and someone is telling the truth. Either she’s been reprimanded before, or after. Or maybe they’re both lying. Who knows? But what it does tell us is that this is another one of those “iceberg” stories, where there’s w-a-a-a-a-y more under the surface than you can see above it. And in the end, it’ll probably have very little to do with a trip to an art museum.

    Of course it’s politics plain and simple. The principal approved the field trip! And now the proverbial shit is running down the proverbial hill. The principal is trying to save her ass by finger-pointing at the art teacher.

    That’s not what my point was though. It’s the fact that a parent complained about a piece of art. I’ve been to that musuem many times, and there is nothing in that place that is in poor taste. I see kids there all the time, in strollers and on up, and if the parent didn’t want the child to possibly see something that they didn’t want to explain, they shouldn’t have signed the permission slip. And the fact that the principal wouldn’t stand up to the parent proves the ‘fear of being sued’ theory. The teacher did nothing wrong.


    Comment by Barry — September 26, 2006 @ 1:14 pm |Reply

  9. If the parents really want to complain about something it should be having to explain to their kid why a three inch piece of rope nailed to a wall is art. Not nudity.

    Comment by nickphilips — September 26, 2006 @ 3:28 pm |Reply

  10. I am completely p*ssed about the art teacher getting fired. What in the world is going on. She took them on a field trip for crying out loud. I remember going to the art museum as a child. I don’t remember any nudies, but who cares. It’s not like it’s a centerfold from Playboy. Some parents are so backwoods.

    Comment by Jolynn — September 27, 2006 @ 8:06 am |Reply

  11. ok, as the apparent only small minded, backwards conservative on this page to comment, i take exception with the asshats who did the complaining and firing being labeled as such.

    they were neother backwards or small minded. they are just dumb. come on now, give us conservatives a litttttle credit. we DO like art too. please don’t use the same monikers for idiots as you do for us?

    pretty please.

    yeah, i’ve seen nudes in that museum. big whoop. i personally would have asked those parents which part of the human body is offensive? it’s the context that the body is placed in that can make it offensive, not the body itself.

    sheez, what’s going to happen when they see pictures … or sculptures of dogs?

    Comment by mlah — September 28, 2006 @ 7:05 am |Reply

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