DIETRICH, Idaho (AP) — A high school science teacher in a south-central Idaho district is being investigated after a handful of parents complained about his approach to teaching students about the human reproductive system.
Dietrich School Superintendent Neal Hollingshead confirmed that the state's professional standards commission is looking into a series of complaints filed against teacher Tim McDaniel.
McDaniel told the Times-News in a story published Wednesday (http://bit.ly/ZpMIsp ) that four parents were offended when he explained the biology of an orgasm and included the word vagina during a biology course taken by 10th graders.
McDaniel said he doesn't include anything that isn't mentioned in the textbook, and that he's taught the class for 18 years without receiving a complaint from parents or students.
A letter from the Idaho State Department of Education to McDaniel shows investigators will also consider allegations he shared confidential student files inappropriately, taught different forms of birth control and told inappropriate jokes in class.
"I teach straight out of the textbook. I don't include anything that the textbook doesn't mention," McDaniel told the Times-News. "But I give every student the option not attend this class when I teach on the reproductive system if they don't feel comfortable with the material."
McDaniel says if he's asked to sign a letter of reprimand he'll refuse.
The investigation prompted a Facebook group titled "SAVE THE SCIENCE TEACHER!!" dedicated to supporting McDaniel.
"This sort of thing makes you worry about what you teach," he said. "That's not right."
Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com