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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Middle School Kids Drafted for Obama

Middle-school students in Virginia public schools became unwitting tools of the Obama presidential campaign when their teacher required them to conduct opposition research against Republican presidential candidates. 8th graders at Liberty Middle School in Fairfax County were told to research Republican candidates running for President, find the "weaknesses" of each, prepare a strategy paper to exploit those weaknesses, and then locate an individual inside the Obama campaign to whom they could send their helpful suggestions. This was an assignment given in a Civics Honor class this year. There was no attempt to perform similar research on Democratic Party candidates, and no students were asked to research anything about President Obama.

Many parents were upset by this assignment. One father said, "This assignment was just creepy beyond belief -- like something out of East Germany during the Cold War." Several students said that this assignment just didn't seem right. A spokesman for the school sort of half-way defended the assignment. The teacher was not reprimanded but was "advised ... that he should emphasize to his students that this assignment was meant to learn a process and not to endorse a particular candidate." The teacher agrees that, if he ever assigns this sort of homework again, he will give students the chance to research candidates of either political party.

Actually, the assignment violated school district policy, which states that "employees shall not involve their schools in political campaigns, distribute political literature on school property, or attempt to indoctrinate students with their personal political beliefs." So we see again, that some written rule sounds OK on paper, but the instructors still let their own biases rule the classroom. Parents, it's up to you to find out what your children are learning in school.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I was raised in a solidly Catholic, Democratic family... dad was a union member. Never, never would I have imagined that the Democratic Party would ever have become the goose steppers stripping Americans of their constitutional rights!

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