NC school pulls lesson that asked students about their gender, sexuality and religion

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NewsAndObserver. A Wake County high school has pulled a lesson that asked students to answer questions about their gender, sexuality, religion and socio-economic status.

According to parents, an English teacher at Heritage High School asked 10th-grade students on Wednesday to answer a “Diversity Inventory” worksheet asking personal questions about themselves, their friends and their family. In a statement Thursday, the Wake County school system said that after a parent complained, the principal reviewed the activity and directed the teacher to discontinue the lesson immediately.

“While we value efforts to build a classroom community that is inclusive and respectful of all students and backgrounds, the Wake County Public School System also respects and values student privacy and their right to engage in discussion about personal identity when they are comfortable to do so,” the district said in the statement.

The worksheet asked students to identify their gender, race/ethnicity, age, sexuality, ability, religion and socio-economic status. In addition to answering for themselves, students were asked to answer those question about their elementary school, their teachers, close friends, doctor, other people who live in their home and their neighbors.

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