Saturday, March 25, 2023

ANNALS OF DeSANTISTAN: Parents, be warned! There will be art in this art class! (WaPo opinion column by Alexandra Petri)

Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri probes and mocks the narrow minds of Tallahassee schoolmarms who fired a principal for sharing  Michelangelo's DAVID in art class. 

Jesus wept.  If only H.L. Mencken were alive and unleashing his rapier-like wit on the Booboisie.

Ironically, the Tallahassee Classical School advertises on its website: "Tallahassee Classical School is training the minds and improving the hearts of young people through a content-rich classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instructions in the principles of moral character and civic virtue."

Partner with Hillsdale College, Tennessee Classical School further states on its website that "Tallahassee Classical School was founded by Adrienne Campbell, M.Ed and Jana Sayler, CPA. When exploring education options for their children, Adrienne and Jana fell in love with classical education. Unfortunately, they were unable to take advantage of the classical education options available in Leon County. This led to the idea for Tallahassee Classical, a public tuition-free classical charter which would meet the needs of all families, including those from non-religious backgrounds or those whose children have special needs."

"The school has been a labor of love from the beginning. From hours spent researching, writing, and wrestling with decisions concerning the school’s design, to traveling and networking with the other classical charter schools in Florida, to partnering with Hillsdale College through the Barney Charter School Initiative, Adrienne and Jana believe it was worth every dollar spent and hour invested to bring a traditional liberal arts and sciences education to a public school setting for the Leon County community."

Firing a principal at a government-funded Charter School over DAVID!

Such dopey wealthy Dull Republican twits are a stench in the nostrils of our Nation.

They make our state look small, very small.

My grandmother had a term for people like Boy Governor RONALD DION DeSANtTIS and the creepy Charter School owners who fired the principal over showing DAVID in art class:  "HOPELESSLY PROVINCIAL!"

 From The Washington Post: 

Opinion Parents, be warned! There will be art in this art class!

Michelangelo's David. (Evgenii Iaroshevskii/Getty Images)
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The principal of Tallahassee Classical School was forced to resign this week after sixth-grade art students were shown images of Michelangelo’s David and parents complained. Yes, that David. No, I am not making this up. According to an interview with the school board chair by Slate’s Dan Kois, the principal of the charter school was supposed to send out a letter from the art teacher alerting parents that the nude statue would be shown. I can’t stop thinking about what this warning letter might have said.

Dear Parents,

Just wanted to let you know that in this art class, we’re going to be showing the students some art. Will that be okay? You signed up for a classical education, in theory — at least, that word is in the name of our school! — so I had sort of hoped it would be!

Here is all the art we might be showing your children, with reasons you might object. Please let us know if you object!

Paintings inside the life-size Lascaux cave replica in Montignac, France. (Philippe Lopez/AFP via Getty Images)

Lascaux Cave Paintings: Okay? Depicts violence, and aurochs are not demurely covered!

Venus of Willendorf. (Helmut Fohringer/APA/AFP via Getty Images)

Venus of Willendorf: This 25,000-plus-year-old terra cotta sculpture of a female form is not wearing a bra. Please advise.

The Sphinx at the Giza Pyramids in Cairo. (KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Sphinx: This has two strikes against it. It is a human-animal hybrid, and it is not wearing pants. Please advise if this is the kind of thing we are allowed to show students.

Venus De Milo. (Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images)

Venus De Milo: Is this acceptable? At least students will not be able to see any bare, exposed arms.

Winged Victory of Samothrace (Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images)

Winged Victory of Samothrace: No arms and, even better, no tempting face!

Bust of Nefertiti (Oliver Lang/DDP/AFP via Getty Images)

Bust of Nefertiti: We know this says “bust” in the name, but the depiction stops at the neck.

Mona Lisa (Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images)

Mona Lisa: We understand that any depiction of a woman smiling could be problematic; there has been a lot of work done in this state to prevent women from being happy. But she could be smiling sadly! Maybe she’s smiling at a man! Maybe she’s smiling because Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis just told her to smile!

Sistine Chapel ceiling. (Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images)

Sistine Chapel ceiling: Another work by Michelangelo, who was perhaps too good at drawing the muscular male form. In the pro column, it was commissioned by a pope. As you know, the pope’s whole job is to be religious! If this is not acceptable, we can show students the floor.

Monet's "Waterlilies" (Don Emmert/AFP via Getty Images)

Monet: We assume the whole impressionist movement will be okay because all the pictures are very blurry, but please speak up if that assumption is wrong! There are some pictures of water lilies where you would be able to see a stamen and pistil in almost any other style of art, but, fortunately, that isn’t possible here.

Seurat, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Seurat, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte”: We realize this may be problematic as it depicts people spending a Sunday afternoon not in church, but if you zoom in closely enough, it’s not actually people at all, just a bunch of dots!

Piet Mondrian, “Composition With Red, Blue, and Yellow” (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Piet Mondrian, “Composition With Red, Blue, and Yellow”:We know, we know: What’s wrong with the good old Red, White and Blue? What’s this Piet trying to push on us? If this is a problem, we can instead show the students a picture of a flag.

Eugène Delacroix, “Liberty Leading the People” (Christophe Ena/AP)

Eugène Delacroix, “Liberty Leading the People”: Two strikes against this one — a visible nipple and a positive depiction of Liberty. We assume this will have to go.

Jacques-Louis David, “The Death of Marat” (Sergio Anelli/Mondadori via Getty Images)

Jacques-Louis David, “The Death of Marat”: Pro: shows a revolutionary who has met a terrible fate, justly punished for daring to question the wisdom of the state! Con: He is not wearing pants.

Pablo Picasso's "Femme Assise Pres d’Une Fenetre (Marie-Therese Walter)" (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Various Picassos: These look nothing like a human body, but we can’t be too careful!

Stick figure. (iStock)

Stick Figures: Has it been officially established whether stick figures are clad? We can hold off until further notice.

“The Thinker” statue by Auguste Rodin (Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images)

“The Thinker” statue by Auguste Rodin: Depiction of someone doing a discouraged activity. We assume this one has to go.

Marcel Duchamp, “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2” (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Marcel Duchamp, “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2”: We know it says “nude” in the name, but look at it! It’s just a bunch of squares! This has to be okay, right?

Andy Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans" (Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

Pop Art: Okay to show students Andy Warhol’s cans?

'Jimson Weed/White Flower No.1' by Georgia O'Keeffe (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Georgia O’Keeffe: No.

Edvard Munch's "The Scream" (Carl Court/AFP via Getty Images)

To avoid any other controversy, the rest of the class is just going to be pictures of “The Scream” (Edvard Munch), over and over!

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