On Feb. 23, the National Post reported that a Toronto public school teacher has given to her students an assignment to write protest slogans for the "Occupy" movement. The rationale? To boost "critical thinking."
One needs not do a double take to wonder what in God's name this has to do with "critical thinking" in English class. To be charitable, the best place it'd belong is Politics 101 – a thus far non-existent high school course.
It had a few parents concerned that this assignment had nothing to do with the Ontario mandated curricula. And worse, it injected political propaganda into the classroom.
One can only imagine if a public school teacher asked her students to write letters of complaint to Premier Dalton McGuinty, calling him out on his broken promises. The liberal media would pounce on the teacher, the principle, and demand the teacher be sacked.
Here are some points to consider:
1. It's amazing that a Grade 7 teacher has time to teach these "Occupy" lessons, but not things like actual history. (or in this case, English).
2. Why should our tax dollars be going to school childrens' assignments that not only have zilch to do with the mandated curricula, but brainwash the children into believing their class work should validate a political position?
3. The article notes that the principal was dismissive and flip when challenged to answer this problem. Why didn't he at least fudge it and tell the reporter he'll investigate the matter further, while crafting an official statement to issue at a later time?
4. Isn't it interesting: in the 2007 Ontario provincial election so much emphasis was placed on church/state separation in schools. But political ideology/state in schools is OK?
The problem here is that teachers don't think that the church of liberalism counts as a religion.