It is definitely important to help adolescents learn about what’s going on in the world around them, especially in a time of crisis, but how far should you go to make them understand?
Sierra Marchand, a Junior High school teacher in Utah, definitely crossed the line by asking middle school students to create a propaganda poster for a terrorist organization such as ISIS.
The students received the assignment this week (as if the timing couldn’t have been any worse) as part of their world civics class at Salem Junior High School in Salem, Utah.
The teacher responsible for such a disturbing assignment is technically an “intern” or student teacher and has only been working in the classroom since the start of the school year, according to Mashable.
The project was intended to teach students the methods that terrorist groups use to gain support for their goals, according to Lana Hiskey, a school district representative.
Once parents saw what their kids were being asked to do and sent complaints, the assignment was retracted and the school issued an apology to families.
One parent reportedly told Fox13 that her immediate response was "there’s no way you’re going to do this assignment."
"I feel a different assignment or report could’ve been chosen or a discussion in class about the tragic events," she added.
The poster became an optional assignment and students could choose an alternative project if they felt uncomfortable, but according to Hiskey no student complained.
Likely, that’s because the students didn’t fully comprehend how insensitive and negligent it is to ask kids to create advertisements for terrorism, especially less than a week after a devastating terrorist attack while the world is on high alert.
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