Nathan Hale High School in Wisconsin is teaching students that Republicans think “helping the poor is a waste of money,” according to the mother of a student. The mother is identified only as “Heather” to protect her son’s privacy.
The son is a junior at Nathan Hale High School in the town of West Allis. The mother told the news media that students were instructed to complete an assignment relating to the differing views across the political spectrum in a politics and United States government class last week.
The political parties assignment listed a series of quotes which the Nathan Hale High School students were required to match up with the party they felt best identified which each statement. The first quote read, “We should not help the poor, it’s a waste of money.” Heather’s son chose option “E” for “Fascist” because he reportedly “didn’t know what else could be the answer.”
The Nathan Hale High School government teacher reportedly marked the boy’s answer as incorrect. When his paper was returned, the the teacher wrote in option “D” for “Conservative/Republican” instead, his mother said during an interview with Fox News.
Heather had this to say about the political parties assignment at the Wisconsin high school.
“I picked my son up from school on Thursday and asked him what was wrong and he brought up that quote. He asked, ‘Mom, where would you say this went on the political spectrum?’ I said, ‘Nowhere. I don’t know any political party that espouses not helping the poor. Once we got home, I looked at the work sheet and saw that his answer was marked wrong. The teacher had put the correct answer in the margin and marked it conservative. I was shocked and then I was very angry.”
The concerned mother then reportedly called the superintendent of West Allis-West Milwaukee School District the following morning to discuss the assignment. The Wisconsin school district released a statement on Monday which said, Nathan Hale High School students were “required to take a political spectrum quiz, which is not a quiz in the traditional sense with right or wrong answers; instead, the quiz asks survey questions. The answers to the questions place students on the political spectrum. While the survey is completed online, no personal information is entered, including name, login, and student number.”
The Milwaukee school district also added that the spectrum quiz would not be used again in the future. The bottom portion of the political quiz reportedly instructed Nathan Hale High School students to visit the Go To Quiz website to “find out where they stood on the political spectrum.”
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