Yesterday the Daily Caller posted a story about Fairfax County Virginia 8th Grade Students who were asked to do opposition research on the Republican presidential candidates and then find our where the information could be sent to help the Obama Campaign. No assignments were given to do opposition research on President Obama and send it to the Republicans (although I am told that was added in after the story hit the news).
The article reports:
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.
Somehow, this doesn’t seem quite right. The thing to keep in mind here is that the only reason we know about this is that some parents cared enough about what their children were being taught to speak out. We, as parents, are responsible for the education of our children; and we, as citizens, are responsible for what happens in our representative republic.