A Michigan university ended its partnership with a Florida school whose principal was forced to resign after a parent complained that sixth-graders had been exposed to “pornography” during a class on Renaissance art that included sculpture.” David” by Michelangelo.
A Hillsdale College spokesman said Tallahassee Classical School is no longer affiliated with the small classical liberal arts Christian college in southern Michigan.
Florida: School principal resigns for showing Michelangelo’s “David” in class
Former principal Hope Carrasquilla told the Tallahassee Democrat that a parent complained that the material was pornographic. Two others said they wanted to be notified of the lesson before it was given to their children.
The complaint also included the fresco “Creation of Adam”, by Michelangelo himself, and the painting “Birth of Venus”, by Botticelli.
“This drama about teaching Michelangelo’s ‘David’ sculpture, one of the most important works of art in existence, has become a distraction and parody of the real goals of classical education,” spokesperson Emily wrote. Stack Davis in a statement. “Of course, Hillsdale’s art curriculum includes Michelangelo’s ‘David’ and other works of art depicting the human form.”
Tallahassee Classical School was licensed to use Hillsdale’s classical education curriculum, but its license was “revoked and will expire at the end of the school year,” Davis said.
Hillsdale offers an elementary through college curriculum in partnership with dozens of charter schools across the country.
Florida school principal Hope Carrasquilla resigned last week following an ultimatum from the school board president.
City of Florence invites a teacher censored for showing David in classes
After Carrasquilla’s resignation, the Florence museum that houses the David on Sunday invited parents and students from the Tallahassee School to visit the statue. The mayor of Florence also tweeted an invitation to Carrasquilla to be able to honor her personally.