Utah School, That Faced Backlash For Allowing Students To Opt Out Of Black History Month Curriculum, Finally Changes Policy

Posted by Sumaiya Ghani in News On 13th February 2021
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The school director told several parents complained about their kids learning about Black History Month which was the reason they distributed forms that allow parents to opt their kids out of this. “We should not shield our children from the history of our Nation, the mistreatment of its African American citizens, and the bravery of civil rights leaders, but should educate them about it.”

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Students from the schools in the United States are taught about 'White History' all the year

If you belong to the United States that you might know how the education there has skewed white, male, and heterosexual from always.  The sad part is even if changes for the better start taking place, they always seem to be met with resistance by those who want to maintain the status quo.

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School from Utah faced backlash after it allowed parents to opt-out of 'Black History' if they don't want their kids to learn about it

Recently, something impossible became possible when one school in Utah finally stopped this racism.

What happened was that earlier this month, Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden gave an open option to the parents to either let their kid study curriculum related to Black History Month or just opt-out of it.

This, of course, was immediately met with severe backlash.

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Some parents complained about their kids learning about 'Black History' which led the school to take this decision

The director of the school, Micah Hirokawa, told they took that decision after being pressured by several parents who were not happy with their kids learning about black history. 

“We should not shield our children from the history of our Nation, the mistreatment of its African American citizens, and the bravery of civil rights leaders, but should educate them about it,” he wrote on Facebook.

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History of Black Americans is taught for a few weeks out of the year

When the news got out, many people were outraged with how those parents could and would choose to yank their kids out of lessons that weren’t about white figures in history.

Also, note that most schools teach the white history of the United States all year while the history of Black Americans is taught for a few weeks out of the year.

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Many parents of students from that school were also disappointed when they saw the form that allows parents to opt their kids out of this.

One woman, a parent of MMA students, wrote on Facebook;

“I was appalled to see the form sent out that allows parents to opt their kids out of this and to hear that some parents have requested it.” 

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All that criticism lead to something good with Hirokawa informing Insider that the opt-out form is no longer available.

It was also told that the things have been settled between the school and the parents, who requested for their children to be excused from the 'lessons'.

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