A Canadian father says a school worksheet about the “political spectrum” assigned to his 10th-grade son amounted to “propaganda” in its characterization of right-wing politics.
The worksheet, as shared by Matt DeFouw on Monday, asked students to characterize various statements as right, left or “centre” on the political spectrum.
Statement No. 3: “A person who is a racist.”
The teacher’s answer: That person would be on the political “right.”
School District No. 73 – located in Kamloops, British Columbia – said in an emailed statement that the assignment was given to students in a social studies class as they were learning how world views lead to different perspectives in society.
“The teacher realizes that Monday’s lesson was not balanced and was an oversimplification of a very complex topic and will revisit the lesson with the students to explore the topic more thoroughly,” the statement says.
The worksheet had other characterizations that DeFouw took issue with. He wrote on social media that the worksheet was “essentially molding the next generation of voters to believe that Conservatives or people ‘on the right’ are misogynist racists who hate immigrants and want to enact a brutal police state,”
That post has gained national attention, prompting British Columbia’s education minister to criticize the worksheet as “offensive,” according to Global News.
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Source: USA Today