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Re: Art News

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Rick (rlarson)
Wed, 13 Oct 1999 18:28:09 -0500

What a phobic group. betsy

dj wrote:

> Did you all see this??????
> Donna
> Teachers Alter Art in Textbook
> * by the Associated Press
> Statesboro (GA) Herald, 8 Oct 99, p. 7
> George Washington crossed the icy Delaware River in 1776 to lead an
> attack
> on Trenton, N.J>, not to get laughed at by a bunch of fifth-graders.
> So to avoid embarrassment to the general, at least two Georgia school
> districts have altered a famous painting of the crossing in a
> fifth-grade
> social studies textbook.
> "Washington Crossing the Delaware," reproduced in the text "United
> States
> and Modern Times," shows the ornamental orbs of Washington's pocket
> watch
> lying across his right thigh.
> Educators feared that, to a fifth-grader, it might look as if the
> general's
> private parts were on display.
> "I know what it is and I know what it is supposed to be," said Guy Sims,
> superintendent of Muscogee County Schools in Columbus. "But I also know
> fifth-grade students and how they might react to it." To avoid the
> distraction of snickering children, Sims decided to touch up the
> painting.
> A paint matching the color of Washington's britches was found. Teacher
> aides spent about two weeks working with paint brushes to touch up the
> offending page in more than 2,300 books, Sims said.
> Sims said he found out about the painting after a teacher in Cobb County
> spoke about it to her mother, who teaches in Columbus. Some elementary
> schools in Cobb County simply removed the page from the book after an
> Aug.
> 3 memo alerted principals to the possible problem.
> How
> to handle it was left up to each school.
> "Kindergarteners wouldn't even notice it," Due West Elementary School
> Principal Robin Lattizori said of the optical illusion. "But fifth
> graders?
> It would make their year."
> Sims said he initially tried to get the books replaced or have the
> publisher supply an adhesive insert to cover up the painting. Harcourt
> General, publisher of the textbook, got permission from the Metropolitan
> Museum of Art to reproduce the painting, said spokesman Peter Farwell.
> "So if we wanted to, we couldn't alter the painting," Farwell said.