It looks like Frisco, a rapidly growing city located just north of Dallas, is firmly in the hands of the right-wing fundamentalists. At least their school board is. Monday, the board voted not to renew the contract of art teacher, Sydney McGee. She had already been reprimanded and suspended. What was the terrible thing this teacher did to receive all this punishment? She took 89 fifth graders to the Dallas Museum of Art.
Most of us would think it was a good thing to expose these youngsters to some of the world's great art. But not the fundies controlling the Frisco schools. It seems that a parent had complained about the trip. The child of this parent had seen a nude sculpture while at the museum. Oh, the horror!
Now that innocuous field trip has cost the teacher her job, even though she says the principal suggested she make the class trip. Rogge Dunn, the teacher's attorney said, "If they had good reason to fire her, they would have, but they don't. It's mind-boggling."
If this is how they react to great art, it makes me wonder what they are teaching as science. Would a teacher also be terminated for mentioning evolution? But Frisco is not alone. There are many school districts in Texas that would have acted in the same manner. And now that Attorney General Abbott has given even more power to the state education board, it will probably get even worse. Expect new textbooks to reflect more of the views of fundies.
Instead of proudly stepping into the 21st century, Texas seems to be racing back to the 19th. And as long as the right-wing Republicans are in power, that's the way it will be.