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March 22, 2012

Teacher Assigns Virginia Middle Schoolers Task of Doing Opposition Research on Republican Candidates; No Similar Assignment For Obama

I don't mind the basic idea of the lesson. It's how politics is actually done.

Why were no students assigned Barack Obama?

Because it's too easy? What?

There's a kicker here, too: They were instructed to send their reports to someone in the Barack Obama campaign, for its use, I imagine.

“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.


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