There is a growing awareness, by parents, of curriculum choices that school boards and districts have made and are making regarding curriculum, that may not be best for students. Some of that may focus on Common Core but increasingly it is focused on “comprehensive sex education”. What if parents or taxpayers make a lot of noise and object and in so doing make the curriculum companies mad?
Here is an example of a parent who took on a curriculum provider regarding of all things…math. Yes, a parent made comments and shared their opinion about math curriculum that has led to a lawsuit. Here are the specifics (we found this at Education View).
Raleigh, N.C. — The company behind a controversial math curriculum being used in Wake County public schools has filed a lawsuit against a Cary parent, accusing him of “libel and slander” and “tortious interference with business relations” after he criticized the program.
An attorney for the Utah-based Mathematics Vision Project, or MVP, said the company decided to sue parent Blain Dillard after he made “false statements” about the company. Dillard says he is “innocent of all allegations and can defend each and every point made in the summons.”
MVP attorney Joseph Shapiro told WRAL News the company “believes in and supports public discourse, especially relating to the education of our children. Society has, however, placed limits on public discourse. One of those limits is a restriction against false statements. MVP’s legal action against Mr. Dillard is an effort to preserve these boundaries and maintain the civility, dignity, and productiveness of public discourse.”
The lawsuit claims Dillard “commenced a crusade against MVP” and “acted with reckless disregard” as he knowingly made false and defamatory statements with the intent to harm MVP’s reputation. The company wants a jury trial and is seeking damages for Dillard’s “defamatory statements” and “intentional interference” with the company’s business.
Can this happen in your community? Should parents be afraid to study curriculum and comment on it? Or, should everyone fear speaking up?
Is this a one-off situation? Answer: No!!! Here are some more examples of parents taking exception and getting into hot water if curriculum and computer companies think they know better:
Summit learning has a system that they convinced the school board and district to adopt. Parents and students rebelled. Read about what happened.
The writer references 3 different programs where parents push back
High-stakes testing in New York does more harm than good. Middle school today has over twelve days of high stakes testing and other schools have over twenty days. This harmful, wasteful practice. Parents across Washington State are demanding the time be used for education and not testing.