Award-winning art teacher takes her class on a trip to Dallas Museum of Art. Principal not only approves the trip but encourages the teacher to do it. Parents all sign permission slips for the kids to go. The kids see a statue of a nude person at the museum. Award-winning teacher gets fired. Sometimes the utter stupidity of much of the population of this country makes me want to scream. It reminds me of my high school, where the best teacher I had – and there was no close second, he was the only really good teacher at the school – was the French teacher. And one of the things he adamantly believed was that teaching French was about more than conjugating verbs; he didn’t just teach the language, he taught the history, the literature, the culture, the art, the food….and the wine. And that’s where the trouble began. He would do a section on wine, its importance in French culture, the different wine growing regions of France and the different types of wine produced. That was enough to set the simple-minded parents in the area into a minor uproar and demand that he be fired. He was not, thank goodness. But whenever I hear someone blathering on about how we need more parental control of public schools, this is what I think of.