“Whom to Leave Behind” assignment at Ohio school angers parents

State News

CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH (WKYC) Last week, an assignment given to students at Roberts Middle School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio went viral.

The assignment called “Whom to Leave Behind” asks students to pick eight out of 12 people to save during an apocalypse on Earth.

Some examples included a homosexual professional athlete and a militant African American medical student.

The assignment was met with harsh criticism. Many parents called the assignment insensitive and inappropriate, especially for middle schoolers.

After a meeting between officials Monday, Superintendent Todd Nichols defended the teacher and the assignment saying the assignment aligned with the school district’s goal to provide training in diversity awareness and social justice.

“The intent of this lesson was to engage in an activity in diversity designed to promote tolerance and break down stereotypes.”

He also apologized for any offense the assignment caused to those involved and that future assignments regarding diversity will be more carefully selected.


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