‘No families are opting out’: Utah school REVERSES decision to allow children to skip Black History Month classes after backlash
“We regret that after receiving requests, an opt-out form was sent out concerning activities planned during this month of celebration,” Maria Montessori Academy’s board of directors announced on Sunday.
The school in North Ogden, which has a majority white student base according to the Utah State Board of Education, uses Black History Month to incorporate specific teachings about the history of black Americans in both social studies and history classes. After receiving a handful of complaints, last week the school sent families an opt-out letter offering everyone the option to “exercise their civil rights to not participate in Black History Month at the school.”
The First District of Utah is a welcoming, inclusive community, and our children should learn and celebrate Black history without controversy. We cannot learn American history without learning Black history. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/4H829eGcy4#utpol— Rep. Blake Moore (@RepBlakeMoore) February 7, 2021
However, the move soon made national news and outrage spread online, with some calling the move racist. Faced with the backlash and growing attention from the media and politicians, school officials apparently rushed to hold a meeting with parents to resolve the issue.
“We are grateful that families that initially had questions and concerns have willingly come to the table to resolve any differences and at this time no families are opting out of our planned activities and we have removed this option,” the school’s director, Micah Hirokawa, said, noting that “in the future, we will handle all parental concerns on an individual basis.”Also on rt.com School faces backlash after allowing kids to ‘opt out’ of Black History Month to ‘exercise their civil rights’
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