It seems that America is not after all ready to utter certain words, one of them being the word ‘vagina,‘ because somehow that implies a sensibility and rendering that would be too much to bear. Well at least for a bunch of 10th graders (16 year olds) who you would think by now had their fair share chance of discovering what a dangerous word like that could possibly mean…
Which brings us to Idaho teacher, Tim McDaniel who has found himself in a spot of bother after he dared to utter the word ‘VAGINA’ in front of a classroom full of 10th graders during a biology lesson in which the he was set with the task of describing the biology beheading the vagina and the naughty female orgasm.
McDaniel for his part claims he taught straight out of the approved textbook, telling the Twin Falls-Times News, “I teach straight out of the textbook, I don’t include anything that the textbook doesn’t mention. 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’s life became hell after four parents at the school complained that he taught their children “the biology of an orgasm” and said the word “vagina” during his sex-education lesson to a room of sophomores. This mind you being in the city of Dietrich, Idaho, the teen pregnancy capital of Idaho.
According to Raw Story, local students have created a Facebook page called “SAVE THE SCIENCE TEACHER!” after the 18 year veteran was threatened with dismissal.
“[T]here are a couple people in the community that are trying to get Mr. McDaniel fired for teaching the reproductive system, climate change, and several other science subjects,” the students wrote on the Facebook page description. “All these subjects were taught from the book and in good taste. He cares for each of his students and goes the extra mile to help them all. Now is the time for us to help by supporting him!”
Dietrich Superintendent Neil Hollingshead says that the situation is “highly unlikely to end with his dismissal.” Hollinshead says that McDaniel is more likely to receive a written reprimand instead.
The atlanticwire also interestingly goes on to note the following: Though McDaniel refused to name the parents who are upset with the V-word, his school is located in a region of Idaho dominated by the Mormon Church, who might have some qualms about teaching sex-ed to their youngsters. The Church’s official handbook states:
Where schools have undertaken sex education, parents should seek to ensure that the instructions given to their children are consistent with sound moral and ethical values.
In the end it could all have nothing to do with religious value, conservative gestures or shock that children as young as 15 get to hear about stuff like this that is thrown at their faces on a daily basis courtesy of the media but more with the idea that for some of us coming to terms with sex, sexuality and identity is a stagnant process of redemption and awakening that we are weary to take, whether 15 years old or 45 years old.