Teacher Gives Students Assignment to Create Propaganda Poster for Terror Group
A Utah school issued an apology after students were given an assignment to create a propaganda poster for a terror group "to understand the goals and methods of terror groups."
The assignment was pulled after parents called to complain, according to Nebo School District spokeswoman Lana Hiskey.
Hiskey said the assignment was not approved by the school nor was it part of the regular curriculum. The assignment was given by a first-year teacher to 60 ninth grade students in a world civics class.
"She wanted the students to understand how propaganda can be wrong and lead people incorrectly," Hiskey said of the teacher. No disciplinary action against the teacher as been taken.
The worksheet that explained the assignment asked students to create a poster to "help students understand the goals of terrorist groups and the methods they use to gain support."
It also included a disclaimer saying any student uncomfortable with the assignment could ask for an alternative. Hiskey did not know if any students made that request.
Parent Annie Langston was defiant, "My initial response was, 'there’s no way you’re going to do this assignment.'"
Langston said: "In light of what happened in Paris, is that the reason for this assignment? I feel a different assignment or report could’ve been chosen or a discussion in class about the tragic events."