9th Grade School Assignment: Draw “Join ISIS” Posters

My reaction mirrored that of a 14-year-old student’s mother. Why? Why would a teacher assign this, and why would it be considered appropriate?

I don’t understand. Consider all the things that are banned and not to be talked about in public schools, and compare those with the things that are for whatever reason considered appropriate. Teachers aren’t allowed to talk about God and the Bible, because that would constitute “promoting religion” in violation of the 1st Amendment’s Establishment Clause.

They can’t talk about Christianity, but they can teach kids the five pillars of Islam and have them recite, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammad is his prophet.” They can’t have Bibles or talk about them, but they can come up with assignments like, “If you were a terrorist with ISIS, how would you get others to join?” From The Blaze:

Annie Langston couldn’t believe the school assignment her 14-year-old daughter Mikalia brought home, so she wrote a letter to she teacher and the principal demanding an explanation.

The assignment asked the ninth grade class at Salem Junior High School in Salem, Utah, to draw Islamic State propaganda posters. Students were also asked to type the words “how to recruit for ISIS” into Google as part of the assignment, KSTU-TV reported.

My initial response was, ‘there’s no way you’re going to do this assignment,’” Langston said she told her daughter. The mother then penned a letter to her child’s teacher and the school principal, asking what the reason was for the assignment.

I feel a different assignment or report could’ve been chosen or a discussion in class about the tragic events,” Langston said.

The teacher called Langston to apologize and informed her the assignment had been canceled. But some students had already finished it, and Langston now wonders what exactly they were exposed to while completing it.

The principal also called Langston and told her school officials had sat down with the teacher and that the issue had been “taken care of.” Assignments that were already turned in were later shredded, Langston said the principal told her.

I liked what the top commenter on the article wrote. He said sarcastically:

Next assignments at that public school:

Perform an abortion”

Design a poster informing illegal immigrants how to vote”

Design a poster informing democrats how to vote twice”

Describe how you would assassinate a republican candidate for office”

Describe how a tax could be implemented to pay for Global Warming initiatives”

Detail the ways in which Judaism and Christianity are Evil”

Define why people who draw Muhammad should die”

Explain why white people have racism in their DNA”

Those might be over the top, but they’re actually becoming less and less far-fetched. I’m sure you can come up with some other similar ideas for class assignments.