Some parents in Colorado are appalled that a school is quizzing seventh graders on their political views.
The quiz, “Righty or Lefty?,” was given to 12-year-old students in the Aurora Public School District and implied that liberal views were kinder than opposing conservative views, according to The Daily Caller.
The students were asked to describe their views on a host of issues, from abortion and healthcare to gay marriage — issues that are well over the head of some of the children.
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One parent took issue with the quiz and contacted a Christian radio show, sharing a letter she wrote to the school.
“I am appalled by the ‘Righty or Lefty’ poll,” the parent wrote. “First of all it is nobody’s business what mine or my 12-year-old son’s political views are.” She would add that her son “does not even know what half of these issues mean until after discussing them with him.”
The quiz defines liberal and conservative as seen in this image:
As for the implied liberal bias of the quiz, The Daily Caller listed a passage comparing liberal and conservative views on healthcare:
Liberals believe that all Americans are entitled to health care when they need it. Since health insurance is very expensive, liberals believe that the government should help those who cannot afford it. Liberals believe that taxes should be increased, if necessary, to pay for health care.
Conservatives do not believe that Americans are entitled to health care. Conservatives believe that it is the responsibility of individuals to pay for their own health insurance. Conservatives do not believe taxes should be increased to pay for health care.
The parent said her family is neither liberal or conservative, but the quiz “was completely skewed towards ‘Lefty-nicey/meany conservatives’ ideology, which I do not approve of,” The Daily Caller reported.
She then excused her son from the assignment:
I do not know what importance this has as being an assigned worksheet for a “major grade” (as he has informed me). I do not want to hear about it being for a government assignment! Learning about government is one thing – but it is none of your business to try and pry personal information out of a child on extremely private information. I am excusing my son from this assignment and expect this NOT to be counted against his grade.
If the school district is smart, they’ll respect the wishes of this mom!
It’s not clear if the quiz is part of the Common Core curriculum, and the school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Daily Caller.
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