Plano ISD Reverses Call on Banned Textbook

Book contains photos of ancient, classic nude sculptures

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    HARTSVILLE, TN - APRIL 14: A concrete lawn statue is draped with a homemade sarong after complaints about nude figures displayed in the roadside yard of G & L Garden Center April 14, 2004 in Hartsville, Tennessee. Several statues were draped with the homemade covers after passersby complained about nude figures displayed in the center's roadside yard. Langford has received nationwide attention and nearly sold out of statues since fitting the first sarongs in March. (Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)

    The Plano Independent School District reacted in knee-jerk fashion to the complaint of one parent about a humanities textbook that contains reproductions of nude sculptures and pulled the tome from the curriculum.

    District officials then thought better of the previous decision and reinstated the book, “Culture and Values: A Survey of the Humanities, Alternate Volume,” used in the talented-and-gifted classes.

    The depicted works come from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome and from the Renaissance, according to a Dallas Morning News article, not from Larry Flynt or Bob Guccione publications, so geez, mom or dad, lighten up a bit.

    According to the article, a group of students, parents, and graduates accused the school district of censorship. More likely, it was a case of kowtowing to one individual.

    The article goes on to quote district spokeswoman Lesley Range-Stanton as saying parents with future concerns about the text can follow the regular “challenge process as provided for under local board policy.”

    There probably is no truth to the rumor that the district issued a roll of black electrician’s tape to the parent who first complained about the photos of naked statures.

    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. Oh, yeah, he has fond memories of his talented-and-gifted humanities class.