Tim McDaniel is a High school science teacher. During a lesson on human reproduction and anatomy in his science class he used the word ‘vagina’. He was totally out of line, according to four parents, They complained to school officials for the use of the 'V'- word, so a report from Idaho’s Magic Valley News says.
A disciplinary letter from the Idaho State Department of Education also accused McDaniel for ‘explaining the biology of an orgasm, teaching students about STDs and birth control, and showing a clip from An Inconvenient Truth, which led to a discussion about climate change. The letter also alleges that McDaniel told inappropriate jokes in class.
His students are defending him, arguing in a petition that parents from their conservative community in Dietrich are trying to push a political agenda by getting their biology teacher fired: “There are a couple people in the community that are trying to get Mr. McDaniel fired for teaching the reproductive system, climate change, and several other science subjects. 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. Now is the time for us to help by supporting him!”
For his part, McDaniel is perplexed by the accusations, telling Magic Valley News: “I teach straight out of the textbook, I don’t include anything that the textbook doesn’t mention. But I give every student the option not attend this class when I teach on the reproductive system if they don’t feel comfortable with the material.” “This sort of thing makes you worry about what you teach,” he added. “That’s not right.”
Though the Idaho State Department of Education is currently investigating the complaint, Dietrich Superintendent Neil Hollingshead told the Times-News he doesn't expect the review to result in McDaniel's dismissal. "Maybe a letter of reprimand from the school board," he said.
What's your opinion about the parents' complaint?