Virginia Middle School Assignment: Opposition Research on Republicans


I had a really busy (and annoying) day, but I didn’t want you to miss this story. A middle school teacher in Virginia gave his students an interesting assignment – opposition research against Republicans, along with writing reports for the Obama campaign team. No student was assigned the task of doing anti-Obama research. The Daily Caller has the story:

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.

Read the whole thing. Conservative teachers go out of their way to suppress their own bias, liberal teachers go out of their way to indoctrinate children. My older son who is in fifth grade told me his teacher hasn’t come out and said she’s a Democrat, but the whole class knows she is. He said it’s obvious. I expect it will get worse as he grows up. The fact that he recognizes it makes me proud.

Update: Linked by The Other McCain and Scared Monkeys – thanks!

Update: Linked by Urban Grounds – thanks!