Saying ‘Vagina’ During Biology Class Leads To Investigation Of Idaho Science Teacher

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Parents in Dietrich, Idaho, aren’t very happy with the way science teacher Tim McDaniel is teaching their children human anatomy.


That is to say, they’re unhappy that he is teaching them human anatomy at all.

In a formal complaint made against the 18-year Dietrich School veteran by at least four parents, McDaniel is chided for using the word “vagina” during a tenth-grade biology class on the human reproductive system.

Among other complaints submitted to the school: McDaniel explained the biology of an orgasm, taught students about STDs and birth control, and showed a clip from An Inconvenient Truth, which led to a discussion about climate change.

“I teach straight out of the textbook, I don’t include anything that the textbook doesn’t mention,” McDaniel told the Twin Falls 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.”

No student has ever opted out, McDaniel said.

The parents made other allegations against McDaniel, including that he “shared confidential student files with an individual other than their parents,” and “told inappropriate jokes in class.”

But The Raw Story reports that some students who are rallying around McDaniel believe those who complained about the teacher’s methods may be motivated by religion.


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43 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

      ” those who complained about the teacher’s methods may be motivated by religion “

      Who’d a thunk it!!

      They definitely were not motivated by rationality or intelligence.

    • In reply to #2 by kamel:

      What a science teacher ought to call a vagina in Idaho ?

      Ah, so many decent Christian alternatives spring to mind! What about..

      The Anti-Penis? The front bottom? That of which we do not speak? The Forbidden Trough? The Stork’s Nest? Bushy Valley? Fig Leaf Caverns? The House of Lot?

      But of course the ‘vagina’ is yet another filthy myth created by ‘evilutionists’ who deny that God puts a baby inside the woman’s stomach when a man and woman hug or hold hands.
      Christian Science class dismissed!

      • My favorite: “Sin Funnel” posted by a commenter on the original article…
        In reply to #8 by RemcoHitman:

        In reply to #2 by kamel:

        What a science teacher ought to call a vagina in Idaho ?

        Ah, so many decent Christian alternatives spring to mind! What about..

        The Anti-Penis? The front bottom? That of which we do not speak? The Forbidden Trough? The Stork’s Nest? Bushy Valley? Fig Leaf Caverns? The House of Lot?

        But of course the ‘vagina’ is yet another filthy myth created by ‘evilutionists’ who deny that God puts a baby inside the woman’s stomach when a man and woman hug or hold hands.
        Christian Science class dismissed!

        • In reply to #11 by Sue Blue:

          My favorite: “Sin Funnel” posted by a commenter on the original article…
          In reply to #8 by RemcoHitman:

          In reply to #2 by kamel:

          What a science teacher ought to call a vagina in Idaho ?

          Ah, so many decent Christian alternatives spring to mind! What about..

          The Anti-Penis? The front bottom? That of which we do not speak? The Forbidden Trough? The Stork’s Nest? Bushy Valley? Fig Leaf Caverns? The House of Lot?

          But of course the ‘vagina’ is yet another filthy myth created by ‘evilutionists’ who deny that God puts a baby inside the woman’s stomach when a man and woman hug or hold hands.
          Christian Science class dismissed!

          The only problem with ‘Sin Funnel’ is it clearly suggests ‘fun’. Down with that sort of thing!

    • In reply to #2 by kamel:

      What a science teacher ought to call a vagina in Idaho ?

      Obviously they should not talk about them at all. But if they really, really have to talk about them what is wrong with “private parts” or “down there” or “reproductive organs”.

      Michael

      • In reply to #19 by mmurray:

        In reply to #2 by kamel:

        What a science teacher ought to call a vagina in Idaho ?

        Obviously they should not talk about them at all. But if they really, really have to talk about them what is wrong with “private parts” or “down there” or “reproductive organs”.

        Michael

        what´s wrong with vagina then.. it´s used as a medical term, it is not vulgar.. so why should it pose any problem.. down under can mean more than that (think of all the aussies), the reproductive organs are more than just the vagina, they mostly lay deeper within the cavity.. and my private parts.. well, they´re private.. ;) ;)

        • In reply to #42 by Anti-theist preacher:

          In reply to #19 by mmurray:

          In reply to #2 by kamel:

          What a science teacher ought to call a vagina in Idaho ?

          Obviously they should not talk about them at all. But if they really, really have to talk about them what is wrong with “private parts” or “down there” or “reproductive organs”.

          Michael

          what´s wrong with vagina then.. it´s used as a medical term, it is not vulgar.. so why should it pose any problem.. down under can mean more than that (think of all the aussies), the reproductive organs are more than just the vagina, they mostly lay deeper within the cavity.. and my private parts.. well, they´re private.. ;) ;)

          ’twas all in jest! Sorry my attempt to be sarcastic. I should have finished with a smiley.

          Michael

  1. That is to say, they’re unhappy that he is teaching them human anatomy at all.

    Do you think the intelligent kids will spot the faith-heads – thinking with their guts and talking through their rectums?

  2. Why, of course it’s just unthinkable to mention that slutty, filthy, God-cursed channel to the womb in mixed company…except he probably also mentioned the words “penis”, “testicles”, and “erection” since they’re kind of necessary in any discussion of human reproductive anatomy, and no one’s investigating THAT. Just the bit about the lady bits.

  3. Over the course of my 1960′s North Carolina ‘education’ we didn’t have such controversies. In fact, all we did was sit there and get glared at for 7 hours each day for a dozen years. There was no biology beyond tossing frog guts at one another, and no sex education because sex = NO! In High School we did get driver’s education. Coach Harb’ was our teacher, and he drove to school in a rowdy red 1964 Corvette roadster with headers and a roll bar. He tried to teach us car control by getting us to put the tepid Plymouth Fury into slides in the school parking lot. That soon got the kibosh by the puritans in charge, and so he took it on the road and encouraged us to get in slightly over our heads on dirt back roads. We had to push the car out of a ditch now and then, but nobody came close to getting hurt. Somebody’s precious angel told their parents about it, and Harb’ was fired for trying to show us how the real world works.

    }}}}

  4. Sorry to be off topic, but did anyone catch the latest papal controversy? Pope Francis “mistakenly” washed the feet of two WOMEN when he went to the local prison to do a little feet washing of the prisoners. The Catholic “conservatives” are up in arms, saying it is forbidden to wash the feet of women! I kid you not. The pope’s right hand man Lombardi immediately had to go in damage control mode, saying of course the pope didn’t want to break any rules, he was just making an exception in this case.

    • *In reply to #13 by prietenul: Does the pope’s right hand man do what I think he does? ;) *

      Sorry to be off topic, but did anyone catch the latest papal controversy? Pope Francis “mistakenly” washed the feet of two WOMEN when he went to the local prison to do a little feet washing of the prisoners. The Catholic “conservatives” are up in arms, saying it is forbidden to wash the feet of women! I kid you not. The pope’s right hand man Lombardi immediately had to go in damage control mode, saying of course the pope didn’t want to break any rules, he was just making an exception in this case.

  5. This is diabolically simple, etymology comes to the rescue: it shall be called “Vanilla”. They’ll argue and whine like hell about it but they won’t be able to argue with Latin. And then, think of the implications, payback … every time they go through the grocery store, every time they have the desire or appetite for ice cream, cake, frosting, pudding, milkshakes, french toast, eggnog … guilt and the fires of hell will consume them.

    Runner-up? Another word you’re not allowed to say, Yahweh.

    • In reply to #14 by whiteraven:

      This is diabolically simple, etymology comes to the rescue: it shall be called “Vanilla”. They’ll argue and whine like hell about it but they won’t be able to argue with Latin.

      I don’t know about that! Young Johnny-smarty-pants is likely to ask why his big brother says strawberry lubricant is better!

  6. Finally, Americans are going to use the word “Vulva” when they mean the outer part of the (pardon my old english, but there is no latin euphanism for the whole reproductive system system) ….

    oh no the issue is about religion not vocabulary.

    • *In reply to #17 by Os: …but that’s part of the problem, they don’t want to think about it or talk about it because they are seriously conflicted and guilt ridden about sex. Their ultimate behavioral model is an adulterous virgin wife impregnated by god – using magic instead of the very technology he designed – with an impotent cuckold for a husband who would’t dare spill his seed on the ground. This has got me wondering: did Mary and god have orgasms? If not, women have all been faking it ever since and just where did Jesus get his Y chromosome from? *

      How the hell do the parents think the kids got there in the first place?

  7. Very funny but this should be the headline: ‘The parents made other allegations against McDaniel, including that he “shared confidential student files with an individual other than their parents,”’

  8. If the parents were any use at raising children, rather than just producing them, they might have taught them the proper names of parts of the anatomy, before they reached an age to be studying the details of human reproductive biology in school

    • In reply to #27 by Alan4discussion:

      If the parents were any use at raising children, rather than just producing them, they might have taught them the proper names of parts of the anatomy, before they reached an age to be studying the details of human reproductive biology in school

      I remember my mom educating me at home on this subject (not in the way some of you may be thinking… just with a book..)

  9. I can understand being against the word for misogynistic reasons because its root is found in the Latin for “sheath”, as in, the place you keep your sword. But seriously, does the mention of such a ghastly thing offend thine ears to the point of this nonsense?

  10. This story reminds me of The Vagina Monologues, a play I used to think was total garbage until I saw it in person. In person its a completely different experience than the excerpts I had seen or read which just sounded kind of silly and nothing but PC propaganda. It brings home that a lot of the sexism that still exists is essentially men’s fear of women which still is very strong in a lot of us as demonstrated by this example.

  11. “ensure that the [sex education] instructions given to their children are consistent with sound moral and ethical values.”

    excuse my bluntness but where’s the moral and ethical place to put it? sorry i’m getting some serious mixed messages from you religious types…

  12. This related story just in: New Hampshire legislator calls women ‘vaginas’ in e-mail

    A New Hampshire legislator — male – uses the word “vaginas” as a synonym for women in an internal e-mail sent to fellow legislators. A Michigan legislator — female – says the word while arguing against a bill that would restrict abortion rights, and was reprimanded and banned from speaking on the House floor for a day.

    More here if you haven’t had enough:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2013/04/17/new-hampshire-legislator-calls-women-vaginas-in-e-mail/

  13. Good grief! It’s the correct, scientific word to use. When I was at school, I heard of some skinhead student at another school who had made himself notorious by using the word ‘cunt’ in a sex-education class, causing his teacher to go ballistic, but ‘vagina’? What other term is a teacher supposed to use for the female reproductive tract? It’s the name on the diagram in the textbook!

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