(The Hill) — An Indiana school counselor has sent a note to parents telling them they can withdraw their children from Black History Month classes.
“In honor of Black History Month and Valentine’s Day, I will come and teach lessons related to fairness, caring and understanding differences,” the memo from the councilor said. Sprunica Elementary School, Benjamin White, according to NBC News.
White pointed to studies that show that “students who have a better understanding of diversity in the classroom and in the outside world will demonstrate better learning outcomes such as better grades, better peer relationships, and greater achievement. professional later”.
“If you would like your child not to receive these lessons, sign the form below and ask your child to return it to school to give to the teacher,” he concluded.
Brown County Schools Superintendent Emily Tracy said in a statement obtained by NBC that officials are reviewing the reported memo.
“Our district supports teaching about the facts of our history, including historical injustices,” Tracy said. “We are and will continue to be committed to having compassion for all and supporting an educational community that will make all students, staff, families and community members feel welcome.”
The Hill reached out to White and Brown County Schools for comment.
The incident comes amid a national debate over how and if children learn about topics such as racial injustice, critical race theory and LGBT issues in schools. Several state legislatures and school districts have passed or are considering steps to ban certain books about race, sexuality, and gender identity from school libraries.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story contained an erroneous quote, which has now been corrected.