Principal Fired After Michaelangelo’s ‘David’ Included In 6th Grade Art Class

A principal in Florida resigned under pressure from the school board after a 6th grade art teacher included a photo of Michelangelo’s David.
Michaelangelo’s David (photo: Randy Slovacek)

The principal at Tallahassee Classical School – a public charter school in Florida – announced her resignation under pressure from the school board after a 6th grade art teacher included a photo of Michelangelo’s David.

A parent complained calling the lesson “pornographic.”

From The Independent:

The former principal explained that the school is required by law to teach lessons on Renaissance art to sixth-graders — typically 11 and 12-year-old children — as a small portion of the annual curriculum.

She said that three parents complained that their children were made uncomfortable by the lesson, which included a section on Michelangelo’s David.

The school board enacted a rule two months ago requiring parental notification two weeks before the teaching of any “potentially controversial” information.

Two of the three parents who complained about the Renaissance art lesson said they wished they’d been notified before it was taught. The third parent complained the lesson was pornographic.

In a rather combative interview, the school’s chair, Barney Bishop III, told Slate that the issue wasn’t the inclusion of David but that a letter (which usually goes out each year informing parents of the class) didn’t go out.

So, there was no “warning” that one of the most beloved artworks on the planet was going to be included. I see…

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Mind you, practically EVERY 6th grader out there has a cell phone with access to all the “depravities” the internet has to offer. But David is just too much for some parents.

Principal Fired After Michaelangelo’s ‘David’ Included In 6th Grade Art Class
Michael and I seeing Michaelangelo’s David in Florence, Italy