“Why might the United States be a target for terrorism?”
The possible multiple choice answers on the quiz are:
A: Other people just don’t like Americans
B: Decisions we made in the United States have had negative effects on people elsewhere.
C: Terrorists hate everyone
D: None of the above
Answer B was graded as the correct answer. Parents are not happy.
One student’s mother, Kara Sands, is outraged, telling local TV station KRISTV that “I’m not going to justify radical terrorists by saying we did anything to deserve that; over 3,000 people died.”
Her son was also marked wrong on a worksheet covering the Bill of Rights, because he refused to classify food and medicine as Constitutional rights.
Nothing about this story has appeared so far on the Flour Bluff ISD’s Facebook page. It includes a number of items about sports (Home of the Hornets!), and even posts about a former student who appeared on American Idol, but nothing about the falsehood it’s teaching 5th grade kids about the 9-11 terrorist attacks, an event that happened before most of these fifth graders were born, or about the actual rights described in the Constitution. Food and medicine are not among them.
Parents are reportedly taking the issue up at the next school board meeting. Setting the politics aside, the teacher is teaching things to students that are factually wrong, and should be fired on the spot.