October 19, 2021

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Outrage after teacher assigns anti-Trump essay to students

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Outrage after teacher assigns anti-Trump essay to students

A Houston teacher has received death threats after asking seventh-grade students to complete an essay on President Trump, according to a report.

The teacher had students read 10 student-written essays to determine what information could be inferred, the Houston Chronicle reported.

One essay, titled “Trump Against American Values,” said some of Trump’s policies “have gone against what Americans value most, like freedom of opportunity” and that “we have witnessed insensitive remarks toward other racial and cultural groups.”

After reading, the students were given two multiple-choice questions. The first asked “Which of the following conclusions would the author most likely agree with?” One response was, “Donald Trump should not be president.”

The second question asked students to complete the statement, “The reader can infer that …” One of the choices listed was, “Mexican Americans are the major group upset with President Trump.”

Texas Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain blasted the district in a Facebook post Tuesday.

“This individual has violated the sacred trust that every parent has with the State of Texas when they send their child into a public school,” Cain wrote of the teacher. “They have lost the privilege of being in a classroom with Texas children, and forfeit the title of teacher. No teacher should attempt to indoctrinate a child to their ideology, no matter who is in the White House.”

The parent, identified by Texas Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain in his post as Chris Felder, said his daughter brought home the assignment asking for feedback.

“This type of non-factual rhetoric has no place in our schools regardless of who the president is,” Felder is quoted as saying. “My children have experienced great teachers in the classroom, but I have also had to put up with those who see their roles as indoctrinators, not educators.”

In a statement, the Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District said the teacher did not use “good judgment” and that the matter had been settled, according to the paper. It did not specify what, if any, disciplinary action was taken.

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