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Education Reporter
NUMBER 169 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS FEBRUARY 2000

Examples of Outrageous Classroom Assignments
In December, we began a series on outrageous classroom assignments that are routinely being given to schoolchildren. Following is our example for February.

A high school English teacher in Pocola, Oklahoma, asked her students to write a poem about a hypothetical school shooting. She instructed the students to imagine the shooting and then write poems from different points of view. One of her students, a 16-year-old boy, wrote a four-line poem from the viewpoint of the shooter. He was subsequently threatened with suspension and jail.

His mother was apalled at the assignment and has lodged a complaint with the Pocola Board of Education. She told the Tulsa World newspaper (12-16-99) that she had always told her children "to do what the teachers ask you to do." She admitted regretting that statement. "Why would we have an assignment to put this [idea] in someone's head?" she asked.

The high school is investigating the assignment. Principal Steve McGinnis promised in the Tulsa World article that, "There will be an end to it."


Send us your stories of ridiculous or outrageous classroom assignments given to children in grades K-12. We'll try to print at least one per month. Send your examples to "Outrageous Assignments," Education Reporter, 7800 Bonhomme, St. Louis, MO 63105, or email education@eagleforum.org


 
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