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March 24, 2023

Taking the “class” out of “classical”

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Not Alameda related at all but I have not been able to get this out of my mind given everything else going on in Florida around education:

Now the funny thing is that this charter school is called the Tallahassee Classical School and somehow the most famous Renaissance sculpture is too risqué for 11 and 12 years olds because of the marble penis. And every time I see something like this I’m reminded of the piece during the election which tried to “both sides” the interference from the left and the right into education. I wonder what, current, issues that person now as to twist into something much more shocking in order to maintain that the left and the right are equally wrong in trying to control the education of children in the US.


  1. The closest “both sides” parallel here is probably each “side” using the nuttiest, most far-flung excesses on the other to whip up panic and indignation.

    Comment by Anonymous — March 24, 2023 @ 8:34 am

  2. Sigh…Some serious (non dk pic) issues in public education now involving low test scores, rising student anxiety, and declining attendance-all especially impacting minority and disadvantaged youth. The LA school strike for a living wage seems justified if the average pay is really $25,000 given the extra billions schools received during Covid.

    Comment by Donatello — March 24, 2023 @ 10:10 am

  3. Slate published a pretty good interview. While I don’t agree with what the school did, it seems to me the media really is bending the truth here, but quite a lot.

    Comment by what really happened? — March 24, 2023 @ 10:20 am

    • Yes because the president of a SCHOOL BOARD admitting this is better:

      How does your classical education differ from the classical education as I think of it?

      What kind of question is that, Dan? I don’t know how they taught in the 17th, 18th century, and neither do you. You live in New York?

      Comment by Lauren Do — March 24, 2023 @ 1:30 pm

    • And the reason she was let go was because she didn’t give notice they were showing a photo of the statue of David. Notice needs to be given for “anytime their child is being taught a controversial topic and picture” is David “controversial”?

      Comment by Lauren Do — March 24, 2023 @ 1:32 pm

      • It’s a policy. “Controversial” is probably defined to include depictions of nudity. The whole thing is beyond silly but so is trying to turn it into some sort of local lesson for the East Bay Times about how “balance” is bad.

        Comment by Anonymous — March 24, 2023 @ 2:02 pm

  4. everyone knows that the genitals on the David statue are incredibly small

    Comment by 1jamesr1 — March 25, 2023 @ 8:05 pm

    • Maybe he was just swimming?

      Comment by Rod — March 27, 2023 @ 11:53 am

  5. And in other news, a movie about Ruby Bridges is challenged.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — March 28, 2023 @ 5:20 am

  6. Yes, it’s a slippery slope, whenever the left or right starts banning stuff. Irreversible Damage was removed from Amazon, after one wingnut complained that it hurt their feelings. Thankfully it was put back on sale. The book is currently available at Amazon, after other customers complained. Do we want to allow pornography to be stocked in school libraries? Every school district has its red lines, which is the beauty of our system. What is considered “who cares” in Alameda is banned in Boston. Thanks to the internet, most of the censorship issues have been rendered moot. Now whether something should be spoon-fed to our younger kids, that’s also to be determined by the local school district.

    Comment by Alameda Landlord — March 29, 2023 @ 12:43 pm

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