A School District of Pickens County (SDPC) concerned parent whose child attends 10th grade at Daniel High School in Pickens County has reached out on social media Facebook group to ask other parents if they are aware of an assignment given out by a 10th Grade English teacher to her students to read the book "Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi".
See the screenshot of the parent's post below:
Teaching About Controversial/Sensitive Issues in the School District of Pickens County Policy Manual, also adopted 27 MAR 2017.
Purpose: To establish the board's vision for teaching about controversial/sensitive issues in district schools.
Education for effective citizenship is a major goal of the district. To achieve this purpose, students should have an opportunity to examine controversial issues within the context of their formal education experiences.
Emotional criticism and the promotion of a cause within the classroom are inappropriate and will not be tolerated. Teachers should guard against giving their personal opinions on sectarian or political questions or any other controversial issues. The teacher's attitude should be that of the true scholar.
Before introducing a controversial topic, a teacher will discuss it with the principal as to these conditions:
appropriateness to the course
appropriateness for the maturity of the students
approach to instruction
teaching materials to be used
The principal must approve all aspects of the instruction in line with the statements in this policy.