Parents are crying foul after eighth-grade students in one Wisconsin school district were assigned a crossword about conservatism and liberalism, with the puzzle’s answers skewing in favor of one ideology over the other.
In the exercise, liberalism is defined as: “the political belief of equality and personal freedom for everyone, often changing the current system to increase government protection of civil liberties.”
Conservatism is defined as: “the political belief of preserving traditional moral values by restricting personal freedoms and encouraging prosperity through economic freedom.”
Tamara Varebrook, a concerned parent whose 13-year-old daughter was assigned the lesson, posted about it on her Facebook page and forwarded it onto EAGnews. Varebrook also serves on her local Republican Party board.
The backside of the assignment contains a questionnaire for the student to determine where he/she ranks politically. The phrasing of each stance could give rise to concerns of bias, including phrasing such as: “Any citizen should be allowed to own firearms for personal protection” and “People should organize or join labor unions for better working conditions.” Out of the 18 questions, two are about gay issues and another two are about environmental issues. The questionnaire also does not include any ‘stance’ pertaining to abortion, a major issue in American politics included in most political-stance polling.
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