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Students at an Ohio middle school were asked to decide who they would leave behind if the world was about to end, using age, religion and other descriptions as markers for their decisions.
The assignment sparked widespread uproar.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Whom to Leave Behind” asked students at Roberts Middle School in Cuyahoga Falls to choose eight out of 12 people to put into a space ship and take to a different planet because the world was ending, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.
Choices included a homosexual pro athlete, a militant African-American medical student and a female movie star who was a victim of sexual assault.
Parents of some of the students called the assignment insensitive.
“What does her being Muslim have to do with it?” Bernadette Hartman, referencing another description, told WKYC-TV. “What does being female have to do with it?”
Adam Miller posted a copy of the assignment on social media. He wrote:
I spoke with the teacher and I certainly can appreciate the fact that he wants to promote diversity etc. It was a sincere conversation and I encouraged the continued discussions on this topic. He will be removing this particular assignment from future lessons. In retrospect, I believe things should be tweaked towards youngsters…
Inappropriate project for young kids. In my view, it clearly uses conjecture which is suggesting this fictious behavior is somehow an accepted pattern. Additionally, it’s implanting prejudicial thoughts in these young impressionable minds. This is NOT building a – “culture of caring” – this is building a culture of animosity, antagonism & hostility! Why can’t kids be kids? Sad to see this indecent indoctrination forced upon our kids…
Assignment given to middle schoolers asks “Whom to Leave Behind”. They had to choose 8 out of 12 people to put in a space ship.
Choices included a homosexual pro-athlete, militant African-American med student & female movie star sex assault victim. #Fox35 https://t.co/8TNKQpgrKr
— Amy Kaufeldt (@Fox35Amy) August 27, 2018
Middle school assignment asking ‘whom to leave behind’ sparks uproar https://t.co/WVohFCdUo5
— MSN (@MSN) August 27, 2018
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