Relating to this ridiculous post yesterday, there’s a New York art teacher that is currently fighting for his job after recommending that some of his more advanced students should take life drawing classes.
Pete Panse had been teaching art for 25 years before being suspended and potentially being fired, pending hearings of the case.
Brian Yoder has plenty more information on the case over at the Art Renewal website, but there hasn’t been any updates since July.
What is similar to the Texas art teacher case, is that it was one parent that created all the problems. It seems to be the school administration (Middletown School District) that is taking all the irrational steps though, as the parent that complained has actually been defending Pete Panse.
“What initiated this whole case was one complaint, from a father who (presumably on religious/moral grounds) was opposed to his daughter being involved in any extracurricular class in which nude males were the subject. Of course it’s his right to make that decision for his own daughter, but we see no reason why such a choice to refrain from his daughter’s participating in such classes should preclude her teacher from even mentioning their existence. In fact, this particular father has recently been defending Mr. Panse against the attack by the school administration.” Art Renewal
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