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Posted on 03/22/2012 3:34:28 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
Va. middle-schoolers assigned opposition research on GOP candidates By Kalyn McMackin - The Daily Caller 1:16 AM 03/22/2012
A Virginia middle school teacher recently forced his students to support President Barack Obamas re-election campaign by conducting opposition research in class against the Republican presidential candidates.
The 8th grade students, who attend Liberty Middle School in Fairfax County, were required to seek out the vulnerabilities of Republican presidential hopefuls and forward them to the Obama campaign.
This assignment was just creepy beyond belief like something out of East Germany during the Cold War, one frustrated father, who asked for his family to remain anonymous, told The Daily Caller.
The assignment was for students to research the backgrounds and positions of each of the GOP candidates for president and find weaknesses in them, the parent explained. From there, students were to prepare a strategy paper to exploit those weaknesses and then to send their suggestions to the Obama campaign.
Liberty teacher Mark Denman, who declined to comment, unveiled the assignment in mid-January when he broke the Civics Honors class into four groups, one for each Republican candidate. The students were then to collaborate as a group and research the backgrounds of their assigned candidate.
Denman assigned two kids to write a paper revealing the identified weaknesses, two to write the attack strategy paper and two others to locate an individual inside the Obama campaign to whom they could send the information.
My classmates dont actually know a lot, but a few of us tended to agree that the most recent instruction on this project just didnt seem right, one of the students told TheDC. Mr. Denman didnt tell us where to find the information, just to research on them.
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In the interest of fairness, those students should now ALL be given a copy of Sheriff Joe’s Cold Case Posse’ Report on 0bama’s dubious credentials and qualifications to occupy the Oval Office.
Challenge them to find any weaknesses in THAT report, which ought to be a virgin field of research since the lamestream media whores of ABC/CBS/CNN/FAUX/NBC/NPR etc., are all sold out to the 0bamunist regime, so these students won’t have any competition in researching THAT topic at all!
People in VA have been flirting with the left for a long time; this is the consequence of such liberal “tolerance.” It’s not the same VA any more.
Fire his ass and blacklist him from ever teaching again anywhere in any school at any grade level. The bastards have moved from not-so-subtle indoctrination to outright indoctrination. I’m surprised he didn’t tell the students to complete the phrase “My Republican candidate is purely evil because...”
Liberty Middle School
6801 Union Mill Road
Clifton, VA 20124
Dr. Catherine Cipperly, Principal firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Coulter, Assistant Principal email@example.com
Natalie Lissy, Assistant Principal Natalie.Lissy@fcps.edu
Greg Hall, Assistant Principal greg.Hall@fcps.edu
No wonder the administration doesn’t know what the hell is happening in their school — they are clearly under staffed.
WHY??? I know I wouldn't remain anonymous. We need to stand up and fight these creeps every chance we get.
Take back the schools. We are paying for this sh!t.
The Fairfax County School Board has a written policy on how to handle “Controversial Issues.” I’m glad to see they are adhering so carefully to their own policy:
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Standard Instructional Program
This policy supersedes Policy 3280.1.
To establish guidelines for the study of controversial issues.
II. SUMMARY OF CHANGES SINCE LAST PUBLICATION
This policy has been reviewed, and there are no changes at this time.
The preparation for effective citizenship includes the study of issues that are controversial. The study of controversial issues shall create an atmosphere in which
knowledge can be freely imparted and the critical thinking of students can be developed through research and classroom discussion, within the guidelines of the Program of Studies.
Such studies shall be carried out in an atmosphere of freedom from bias, prejudice, or coercion.
I was just going to post the same thing! Why remain anonymous?
Easy to say if you are not a parent. If you ARE a parent, you know you don’t want to get your kid tagged as the son/daughter of “the kook” and have them in the crosshairs of the rest of the faculty and getting bad grades as a result of your activism.
This didn’t happen in Virginia...it happened in Fairfax County!
Course that was 10 years ago, and I have balls.
Teacher Mark Denman’s next assignment for students is to ‘turn in’ parents holding ‘right wing’ political positions... Mock trials and re-education camps will be studied as effective tools of social control ...
They should also study the linked video of two journalists talking - showcasing active hatred and bias against conservatives...
"So tell me, Little Johnny, where does your dad keep his guns?"
That's a croc of bull!
I’m on it. Will email the principal later today It’s time to let the left know that we are tired of their efforts to brainwash our kids.
I took the opposite tack. My kids were tagged as the children of that kook who worked on the GOP congressman’s campaign and whose wife had done some pro bono artwork for the school superintendant. We never had any problems with backlash.
We have more than a few escapees from the People’s Republic of Fairfax over here in Prince William county.
With pusillanimous attitudes like that, it's no wonder this country is so fouled up. God forbid his kid should get bad grades because his dad spoke out against creeping liberal fascism.
I bet that parent is a keyboard commando with a name like CW2 or LiveFreeorDie, when he's actually more of a ProtectOurFanny.
If that were the case, they could have assigned the kids to target Adams, Jefferson, Madison...
But no. That might have proved educational!
Six kids on each candidate, x4...hmmmm...does this mean there are 24 kids in Civics honors? Wonder what the standards might be!
Weasel worded, a few of us tended to agree, it didn't seem right. Weasel thinking: it didn't seem right, because they weren't told where to find the info (!)
Honorary mention for undeserved honors: the teacher didn't tell these honor students where to find the information!
Just take a look a couple of miles south of you in Stafford County.
They have crapped all over our beautiful, conservative, county. It is time for me to move.
Three assistant principals for a middle school? Unbelievable. There was only one vice-principal at my large high school.
Dear Dr. XXX,
Liberty Middle School should be ashamed for allowing your teacher, Mark Denman, to use his public school classroom, and the children under his care, for partisan political purposes. This is so unethical on so many levels it just decries common decency.
We homeschool our daughter and I would never dream of assigning her a task like this, on the contrary we teach her to pray for President Obama, as well as his potential challengers to the presidency. I pray that you would come to your senses and return to the primary task of actually educating your students.
I am shocked that the assignment did not include an investigation on just what “...natural born...” means.../s
Another reason to homeschool ping?
To be fair the youth were forced to do this.
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