Target: Idaho State Department of Education
Goal: Do not punish science teacher for teaching reproductive science material
Recently, Tim McDaniel, a high school science teacher in Dietrich, Idaho, became the subject of a Department of Education investigation when he taught reproductive science to his students. Parents complained that he taught about birth control and the female orgasm. McDaniel argues that everything he taught was available in the textbook for the students. A science teacher should not be punished for teaching scientific facts.
McDaniel taught his students sexual education because he felt they did not receive a comprehensive view of the subject in health class. However, parents were upset that their students learned about what they called “inappropriate” methods of birth control and were shown images of sexually transmitted diseases. Parents even complained that McDaniel used the word “vagina” in the context of a reproductive discussion. The students, on the other hand, support McDaniel. According to a Facebook page created in support, the students claim, “All these subjects were taught from the book and in good taste. He cares for each of his students and goes the extra mile to help them all.”
Many parents in the community have been upset with McDaniel in the past for teaching climate change. He believes this may have been the cause of some of the outrage for the reproductive science lesson. Despite the parents’ concerns, McDaniel only taught material available in the textbook. He was not teaching this material to cause controversy, but instead to help his students prepare for life. McDaniel should not be under investigation, and certainly should not be punished for teaching reproductive science. Tell the Department of Education that he should not be punished.
Dear Idaho State Department of Education:
Recently, you began investigating Tim McDaniel after parents complained about what he taught his students. McDaniel, a high school science teacher, taught reproductive science to his students after realizing they did not receive a comprehensive view of the subject in their health classes. The material he taught was in the textbook, and was appropriate for high school students. However, due to some parents’ complaints, you are investigating his actions.
I ask you not to punish McDaniel for teaching this material. He has done nothing wrong by teaching material available in the textbook. The parents complaining have been upset in the past when he taught climate change, which is appropriate for a science class despite being a political controversy. Students should not be denied accurate information because of their parents’ worries, and McDaniel should not be punished for providing the information.
[Your Name Here]