An eighth-grade teacher’s school assignment that depicts Republicans as heartlessly destroying immigrants’ hopes has outraged one father, who says schools should be educating, not indoctrinating, children.
According to Independent Journal Review, Grace Davis, a social studies teacher at Shattuck Middle School in Wisconsin, gave her students a political cartoon from the Chattanooga Times Free Press that showed a Democrat building a “pathway to citizenship” while the Republican tore it apart.
The children were asked to answer questions about the cartoon as part of their homework, according to the Independent Journal Review.
1.Who are the men in the picture (What is their job? Look at what they are doing for a hint)
2. What are they building?
3. What do the symbols on their shirts represent?
4. What is action being done by each man?
5. What might this mean to us about immigration and citizenship?
One boy from the class showed the assignment to his father, Scott Radies, who, forwarded it to IJR and expressed concern about how objectively his child is being taught.
“I flipped it over to see if the opposite view was maybe on the other side of the homework assignment, but there’s nothing, just one side of paper,” Radies told IJReview.
But it was when he discovered how the assignment was graded that caused him the most concern.
“When I saw his answers to the questions, and realized that the teacher gave him 5 out of 5 so apparently those answers that he gave were the ones she was looking for because he got them all right,” he added.
“The fact that the way that she structured the questions and then rewarded them with 5 out of 5, I thought ‘Wow, it definitely looks like she wanted a certain answer. ’ The whole thing was ridiculous, I thought.”
When he confronted Davis, she ridiculously asserted she assigned it in order to show both sides of the argument, Radies told IJR.
“She said that she was just trying to expose them to other views and I said ‘Well, some of the things that my son has been hearing in your class, it doesn’t seem like you’re giving the other view,” Radies told IJR. “And she said, ‘Well, the semester’s not over.”
John Strick, communications director for the Neenah Joint School District, defended Davis and the assignment.
“It was basically a skill-building unit for reading and understanding a political cartoon,” he told IJR. “It was basically the simplest cartoon that (Davis) could find for an eighth-grade level as far as understanding the concept of a political cartoon.”
How convenient that that was the only one she could find.
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