medicine-cabinetA Homework assignment given to students at Mapleton Junior High School in Utah has brought the school under fire, and rightfully so, after a parent posted it on Facebook complaining. Onika Harris, a concerned mother of a student, also sent a note to the school’s principal and the teacher that issued the questionable assignment.

Students were sent home with a worksheet that instructed them to go to their family medicine cabinet and write down a list of all of its contents, both over-the-counter and prescriptions. The assignment also instructed the students to describe what the medicine is used for, what the directions are for use, whether or not the user follows the directions, whether or not the medicine is still used, and whether or not the medicine is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Via KSL-TV:

MAPLETON, Utah County — What’s in your medicine cabinet? It’s a pretty personal question, but that was the assignment students in one health class at Mapleton Junior High School brought home.

Concerns were raised when a copy of the assignment started circulating on social media websites. Nebo School District officials said not only was the assignment a violation of privacy, but also state HIPPA laws.

“This was an innocent mistake,” said Lana Hiskey with Nebo School District. “It was part of a health unit. (The teacher) wanted parents to know how to clean their medicine cabinets.”

At the top of the assignment, it explained how a major reason for drug abuse in Utah County is people aren’t safely disposing of medications.

The instructions then ask students to go home, look in their medicine cabinets and report back medication names, what the medication is being used for and if it’s still being used.

“(Teachers) create their own lesson plans every day, so something like this can slip through without someone else knowing it,” Hiskey said.

Hiskey describes the first-year teacher who assigned the project as someone who teaches with enthusiasm and wanted to send home meaningful homwork. Read More…

There is no doubt in my mind that this “enthusiastic teacher” is a hard-core liberal idiot.