So, I’m driving with my family to one of our bigger country fairs, and on the way, we’re listening to Whad’Ya Know on National Public Radio. I’m a pretty big fan of Michael Feldman; I really appreciate his sort of deadpan humor. Anyway, the weekly show begins with Mr. Feldman doing a quick-and-dirty rundown of the news, and this week’s offerings included the following stories:
In Jackson, Mississippi, a public school PTA sent letters home to parents asking for their participation in the group. At the end of what I imagine was the usual PTA pep-talk about how important parent involvement in the schools is, the recipients of the letter were asked to check one of two boxes: “YES, I want to be involved!” or “NO, I do not want to get involved. I want my children to be thieves, drug addicts and prostitutes.“ That last bit? A DIRECT QUOTE, People!
The other feature was a story about an art teacher in Dallas, Texas – with 28 years of service, it should be noted – who was FIRED from her job after she took a fifth grade class on a field trip to the Dallas Museum of Art. It seems the parents of one of the children complained to the school board that their child had been irrevocably scarred by seeing a nude sculpture.
What the HELL is wrong with people?! Between the stories I get from CT about the crap that she’s going through at the hands of her administrator, and the regular outrages I hear from Bowyer about the unethical stuff that’s going on in his school – and now these stories – I’m almost grateful I didn’t find work in a public school this year. It’s little wonder that our nation is experiencing a crisis in education – teachers are too afraid to teach anything substantive for fear of being sent to the unemployment office.