‘If he were to answer the question the way the teacher wanted him to answer it, it would essentially be having to admit that his viewpoints were evil…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) The mother of a Florida high school student said she is concerned about the politically loaded question her son was expected to answer on a vocabulary exam.
The question read: “Right when it appeared the nation was becoming increasingly tolerant of alternative lifestyles, immigration, and minorities, the vocal and angry right wing forced the nation to make a complete ________, embracing bigotry, xenophobia, and sexism.”
Reanna Parham’s son, Logan, attends St. Augustine High School and said the question was part of an advanced English exam, according to News 6.
“The words that they used seemed to be very degrading words,” said Logan, a founding member of the school’s Republican club.
Parham said that after receiving a picture of the question from Logan, she uploaded it to Facebook to see if other people thought it was offensive as well.
“I had to read it twice,” she said. “I was really surprised. Shocked.”
Parham said she wasn’t the only one offended by the question’s wording.
“It leads people to believe that anyone who leans toward the right — they’re a sexist or racist or a bigot,” she said. “That happens a lot of times. We hear those kinds of things. We are not, and this doesn’t help.”
A spokeswoman for the school district said the school’s administration wasn’t aware of the question, but assured parents that the school would address the matter internally.
Parham said her son has received threats since sharing the exam’s content, and blamed the teacher for trying to make him believe his political beliefs are “evil.”
“I think it’s very dangerous to use the term ‘right,’ or ‘right wing’ or ‘right-leaning’ and slump it into the same category as ‘bigot,’ or ‘sexist,’ things like that,” she said. “If he were to answer the question the way the teacher wanted him to answer it, it would essentially be having to admit that his viewpoints were evil. And I don’t think that’s fair.”
This isn’t the first time the English department at St. Augustine has drawn negative attention recently. A 28-year-old teacher there was arrested in November 2015 amid allegations that she had conducted inappropriate relationships with three underage students, said The Express.