A case that Education Week reported this month caught my attention. Although it doesn’t involve Oklahoma, it is noteworthy because of its subject matter: a defamation lawsuit that a curriculum company filed against a parent over the parent’s criticism of the company’s content.
Schools have policies or procedures governing library materials selection and new curriculum. Within those guidelines is generally a means by which parents may protest or express concern about a school’s implementation of something the parents find objectionable. This is standard procedure for schools everywhere.
In the present instance, a parent group in Wake County, NC had been vocal for months about a new math curricula from publisher Mathematics Vision Project (MVP). The company sued one of the parents who had been most outspoken over the open source curriculum. The parent, Blain Dillard, had started a public blog centering around his issues with MVP after he became concerned about his son’s challenges in math when the school implemented MVP.
Why is this case important? Well, depending on its outcome, it could have the potential to stifle parents’ statements and observations about student curriculum. It could affect how schools look at vendors with whom they contract. One might question whether a lawsuit of this type is a good idea in the first place, given that these companies are selling to schools, where parent input is necessarily going to be a component in the overall operations plan.
A collection of Oklahoma education-related news of the week.
I don’t know if you ever had to figure out how to explain to your parents about exactly why you had a “C” in a subject, but I did. It was not pleasant, and my explanation did little to assuage their fear that their eldest child was about to get less than an “A."
My cell phone lost me today, but no worries–I didn’t panic! I kept telling myself that I’ve only had this electronic device, which connects me professionally and personally, for less than 15 years
Technology is all around us in our schools. In fact, in recent years it seems that the challenge for districts isn’t getting technology to the classroom but trying to leverage that technology and use it properly in the classroom.