The aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting has prompted some Americans to question whether or not today’s education system is teaching or indoctrinating students. The aforementioned concern has been renewed upon learning of a Georgia teacher who ordered her students to write letters to Congress calling for gun control, reports Fox News.
An Overview of the Controversial Anti-Gun Assignment
A Georgia schoolteacher at Hampton Middle School has made headlines after giving her students a left-leaning, political assignment. The assignment given by the social studies instructor reads as follows:
“You are trying to persuade lawmakers to have stricter gun laws to help prevent another school shooting from taking place. For this assignment, you are writing a letter to the lawmakers of the United States. The purpose of this letter is to pressure lawmakers to have stricter gun laws in the United States.”
Gun control is currently one of the most heated subjects in America. The foregoing assignment came to the attention of the school and media after the son of a police officer showed it to his father. The father then told his son that he would not be doing the assignment. Shortly thereafter, the officer/parent contacted Henry Schools County. The County affirmed that the lack of approval for the pro-gun control assignment.
The district spokesperson furthermore apologized to the father and released the hereinafter public statement:
“We would never approve of a politically biased assignment or directive given by a teacher. This activity took the wrong approach in limiting the ability of students to share any thoughts outside of what was directed of them when the subject elicits many different viewpoints from people, including students. We are appreciative of those individuals who brought it to our attention so we could take corrective action and stop it from continuing further.”
Political assignments of any nature will not happen again, affirms the school district.
Education or Indoctrination?
Over the past few months, many Americans have expressed concerns about the state of the public education system. Considerable amounts of individuals believe that teachers are telling young people what to think as opposed to encouraging the latter to developing their own thoughts and viewpoints.
Many right-leaning Americans have furthermore expressed these concerns about some of the pro-gun control Parkland survivors. Critics vocalized the idea that powerful Democrats are using these young people to push an anti-gun agenda. However, many left-leaning Americans have strongly controverted the preceding claims. The majority of people on the left maintain that their only cause is saving future lives.
Readers of Fox News slammed the Georgia social studies teacher as “overstepp[ing] from teaching to instilling personal political view[s].” Calls for the termination of the instructor have furthermore followed.