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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:45 AM

Virginia Middle-Schoolers Assigned Opposition Research On GOP Candidates

The Daily Caller
By Kalyn McMackin
Published: 1:16 AM 03/22/2012

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A Virginia middle school teacher recently forced his students to support President Barack Obama’s 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 Michael Denman, who declined to comment, unveiled the assignment in mid-January when he broke the Civics Honor’s 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 don’t actually know a lot, but a few of us tended to agree that the most recent instruction on this project just didn’t seem right,” one of the students told TheDC. “Mr. Denman didn’t tell us where to find the information, just to research on them.”

As a result, the school received multiple phone calls from parents frustrated with the political nature of the assignment, the father told TheDC.

“I was shocked that a school teacher would so blatantly politicize the curriculum of a middle school classroom,” the parent said. “I asked [my child] if a similar assignment had been handed out to examine the background and positions of President Obama to see if the teacher was at least being bipartisan.”

No similar assignment was given to research Obama’s history, identify his weaknesses or pass them along to the Republican candidates.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:13 AM

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No similar assignment was given to research Obama’s history, identify his weaknesses or pass them along to the Republican candidates.


Startling!

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 05:21 AM

Because the Dem teacher panicked and thought the 8th graders could do a better job than the administration? :shrug:
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 06:22 AM

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“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.


Why would he fear the administration so much he wants to remain anonymous? That I believe is the most telling statement in this whole piece. I know the teachers union and teachers for the most part are nothing but Obamanots, what is demonstrative of the time we live in however, is the parent's are concerned about fallout from the situation and thus do not want to be noticed as coming forward with this information.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:26 AM

View Postlaziter, on 23 March 2012 - 06:22 AM, said:

Why would he fear the administration so much he wants to remain anonymous? That I believe is the most telling statement in this whole piece. I know the teachers union and teachers for the most part are nothing but Obamanots, what is demonstrative of the time we live in however, is the parent's are concerned about fallout from the situation and thus do not want to be noticed as coming forward with this information.

Maybe it has alot to do with how that teacher is completely unable to seperate being a teacher and his liberal bias, and then mistreat that child. The teacher's inability to seperate his bias is blatantly obvious in just giving this assignment.
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:48 AM

View PostItalian Biker, on 23 March 2012 - 11:26 AM, said:

Maybe it has alot to do with how that teacher is completely unable to seperate being a teacher and his liberal bias, and then mistreat that child. The teacher's inability to seperate his bias is blatantly obvious in just giving this assignment.

This is not about teaching, its about indoctrination. Go back to the Communist Manifesto, and the planks of CPUSA--one of the first steps is take control of education, and indoctrinate the youth from the womb. Remember, it takes a Commune--er, village--to raise a child...
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 12:22 PM

Since bullying is big in the news of late. Would this be a form of bullying???
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Posted 23 March 2012 - 03:17 PM

A Virginia middle school teacher recently forced his students to support President Barack Obama’s 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.

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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.

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No similar assignment was given to research Obama’s history, identify his weaknesses or pass them along to the Republican candidates.

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Personal Observation:

A teachable moment? I THINK NOT.

A total lack of integrity? ABSOLUTELY!

Would the teacher, for lack of a better term, still have a job if the assignment was about the America Hating/Narcissistic/Race Baiting/Lying Scumbag? HIGHLY IMPROBABLE.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 08:05 AM

Of course the 'teacher' (loosely used term in this instance) didn't want any opposition research against bobo - the would be a very large amount (unless it is sealed up).
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:10 PM

The weirdest thing about this is that the teacher wanted them to send it to the campaign. What's the purpose in that? It doesn't have any educational value. And opposition research is a million dollar industry that campaigns invest heavily in, to anyone who knows anything about campaigning the idea that middle school students could find anything that would be new to a major campaign is laughable.

So not only is this extremely inappropriate, but very stupid as well.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 10:17 PM

View PostTimothy, on 24 March 2012 - 06:10 PM, said:

The weirdest thing about this is that the teacher wanted them to send it to the campaign. What's the purpose in that? It doesn't have any educational value. And opposition research is a million dollar industry that campaigns invest heavily in, to anyone who knows anything about campaigning the idea that middle school students could find anything that would be new to a major campaign is laughable.

So not only is this extremely inappropriate, but very stupid as well.


Right off the top of my head I could see them using it as a means of saying that even middle school children could see the flaws in the agendas of the Republican candidates, making it into a mockery of the adult GOP candidates because these 8the graders were able to figure out their flaws.

I get a distinctly unpleasant twist in my gut at the thought of teachers using young children to do this kind of project with a clear bias and nobody in the school system puts a stop to it.

Not only is this teacher not a teacher but a shill for his socialist mantra, the union that protects him and keeps him in his position to continue to manipulate the children in his classes are equally as guilty of indoctrination.

I think the parents should remove their children from the school altogether to send a message that they will not tolerate that kind of crap.
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