Message From South Administration

April 11, 2022

April 11, 2022

Dear Grosse Pointe South Families,

Students are learning about McCarthyism in U.S. history class this week. Today, they were provided with a questionnaire which looked like an official document from South Administration. A student took a photo of this questionnaire and as a result it was shared on social media without any context. It is now spreading quickly and causing unnecessary confusion.

The document and questions were intentionally designed as a simulation of McCarthyism and to make students question the appropriateness of the information being requested. In fact, within a minute, the teacher explained the purpose of the exercise was not to collect this information, but to demonstrate how private citizens’ rights and privacy were invaded during McCarthyism in the 1950s. The document which contained the questions was collected and destroyed.

The teachers designed this exercise several years ago. This is the first time we have experienced an issue with it. While we apologize for any misunderstanding or apprehension it may have caused, we support our teachers’ ability to create lessons that resonate with our students and have a lasting impact. There was no harm done with this exercise and certainly none intended.

In the future, if you should see something that doesn’t seem right to you, please reach out directly to your child’s teacher or South administration before sharing it on social media, where unfortunately it only causes misunderstanding and disruption to our teaching and learning environment. Our goal, as always, is to partner with you to support our students and staff.


South Administration