Liberty Middle School eighth graders in Fairfax County, Virginia were assigned opposition research, specifically looking for weaknesses of Republican candidates, and then they were to send their research to the Obama administration. The teacher, Michael Denman, did not assigne research on Barack Obama. The school district policy does not allow teachers to engage student in political campaigns.
[DailyCaller]“This assignment was just creepy beyond belief — like something out of East Germany during the Cold War,” one frustrated father, who asked for his family to remain anonymous, told The Daily Caller.
The assignment was for students to research the backgrounds and positions of each of the GOP candidates for president and find “weaknesses” in them, the parent explained. From there, students were to prepare a strategy paper to exploit those weaknesses and then to send their suggestions to the Obama campaign.
In hopes of bringing this to the attention of other public school teachers, this father just wants one thing clear: “Leave politics out of the classroom,” he said. “Present a balanced viewpoint, teaching children to listen to all sides and think for themselves.”
Parents were paying attention in this very Liberal area. The school received multiple phone calls protesting the way the assignment was made.