Parents in Utah are furious after students were directed to spy on their parents and return the information to their teacher. The students were given a homework assignment in their health class which told the children to do an in-depth inventory of the household’s medicine cabinets. Something that completely appalled Keith Mann.
Put forth as a homework assignment which would get kids to look for any harmful substances or unused medicines that might be accessible to them, it made some parents uncomfortable with the implication that the children should be counseling their parents on any illicit or dangerous discoveries. The news broke over Facebook where a mother of one of the students posted a picture of the assignment and the post went viral with her online connections. The mother also brought up the homework assignment directly with the school district by contacting the principal and school board with her comments that such an assignment is inappropriate and extremely invasive to the privacy of the students’ families.
The district has publicly announced that they are going to investigate the curriculum of the health class taught by the teacher in order to make sure that there are no other unexpected and inappropriate assignments coming in the future. Most parents of students in the class are grateful that a parent was able to catch this and make it public, and perhaps this has sparked further vigilance over what their children are being taught at the school.