A school principal in Florida has been fired after showing her grade six students a photo of Michelangelo’s David.
You can’t understand the history of Western art without knowing Michelangelo’s David. It is an astonishingly beautiful and detailed work.
But it might have been wise to let parents at a conservative school in a conservative district know you were planning to show their ten and eleven year old children a statue of a naked man.
Of course the truth is always more complicated than it first appears. The principal claims a letter was written to parents but school admin forgot to send it. There are also claims the school board had been concerned about her performance for months, and that this incident was the last straw.
It is easy to manufacture outrage. Don’t be outraged on demand. Step back and investigate first.
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