According to reports, a charter school in North Ogden, Utah, is facing backlash after the school allowed parents to opt their children out of the Black History Month curriculum. Maria Montessori Academy Director Micah Hirokawa issued a statement on the matter, saying he “reluctantly” sent a letter to parents noting that families are able “to exercise their civil rights to not participate in Black History Month at the school.”
Hirokawa expressed disappointment in the parents’ decision not to participate in lessons related to Black history, saying, “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.” It was noted that of the 322 students who are enrolled at the school, only three students are Black.
Since facing backlash, the school has reportedly reversed its decision, saying that opting out of the lessons was no longer available. Hirokawa said, “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.”
source: The Hill