A public school teacher in Plainfield, Illinois is under investigation after a parent at the school posted a vocab test on Facebook showing different vocab questions asked on the test to her 8th grade student.
According to patch.com, ” A section of the fill-in-the-blank quiz asked students to choose from vocabulary words to complete a series of statements:
- There is great (blank) among Americans, especially those who are strong supporter (sic) of President Trump and those who are against him
- The President of the United States (blank) accused the media of covering up terrorist attacks in European countries.
- I have (blank) to seek out non-biased news so that I am a well-educated and informed citizen.
- It was difficult for me to (blank) my feeling when I learned that Donald J. Trump had been voted in as our 45th President.
- After reading about President Trump’s immigration ban, I did not realize how (blank) the law can be.”
The parents do not want the teacher fired, however, rather they want the school to craft a policy that ensures political views are not being pushed by teachers. Responses to the Facebook post generally supported the idea that teachers, particularly in middle school, should not be pushing biased information.
Comments included: “that is so wrong on many levels. As a person with a job of authority over kids her political views should not be used in a way that your child is tested” and “Teaching should be based on non-biased, fact-based information. They are not parents and their thoughts and feelings, political views etc… Should be left at home.”
The situation is currently under investigation by the school. This is not the first time an issue like this has arisen. For example, in November Hypeline News wrote about an anti-Trump lesson plan developed by a teacher’s union in California, including coping exercises for students ‘traumatized’ by Trump’s win. Read more here.