JOLIET, Ill. – The mother of an Illinois eighth-grader is raising the alarm after her daughter came home with a blatantly anti-Trump vocabulary assignment from Timber Ridge Middle School.
“This is a test that my 8th grade daughter was given by her Language Arts teacher,” Rebecca Ann Gomez posted to Facebook last week, according to the Plainfield Patch. “This is (unacceptable) to put her views into our children’s head (no) matter what her side is! I am one unhappy parent!”
The post included a fill-in-the-blank vocabulary quiz riddled with grammatical errors that leaves little doubt as to what the teacher thinks about the new president. The assignment instructs students to fill in the blank using vocabulary words in the proper tense, with each sentence “worth 1 points.”
The four statements about President Trump include:
There is great ( ) among Americans, especially those who are strong supporter (sic) of President Trump and those who are against him.
The President of the United States ( ) accused the media of covering up terrorist attacks in European countries.
I have ( ) to seek out non-biased news so that I am a well-educated and informed citizen.
It was difficult for me to ( ) my feeling (sic) when I learned that Donald J. Trump had been voted in as our 45th President.
After reading about President Trump’s immigration ban, I did not realize how ( ) the law can be.
Gomez’s daughter Ana filled in the blacks with the vocabulary words “adversity,” “arduously,” “motive,” “apprehend,” and “radical,” respectively. The teacher marked off “apprehend,” which was apparently supposed to be “comprehend.”
Gomez told the Patch her daughter took the quiz about a month ago and it was returned by the teacher last Wednesday.
“I was just mortified,” she said. “I was shocked when I actually saw the questions – I couldn’t believe that a teacher would write those questions.”
Dozens of folks who commented on the Facebook post were shocked, as well.
“That is not ok. It doesn’t matter who you voted for, people need to respect the office!” Debbie Mravic wrote. “We are all Americans!”
“Not a Trump fan … but this is wrong,” Reenie Cremeens-Cercone wrote.
“Yeah, no okay on many levels,” Rebecca Rangel posted. “Imagine how much trouble a teacher would get into if they shared their conservative beliefs in this manner.”
Others pointed out the other vocabulary questions, one of which read, “The husband’s final act of (selflessness) was to throw his body on top of his wife and child as the stray bullets rained out at the crowd.”
“Ridiculious,” Heidi Pirozzi posted. “I would be very unhappy. I am also interested in what they are having them read … This is middle school.”
District 202 Director of Community Relations Tom Hernandez told the Patch officials are “aware of the quiz,” but refused to discuss the incident further.
“We are conducting an inquiry and review of the matter and if warranted, we take appropriate disciplinary action.”
Gomez said she met with school principal Dean Kariotakis, who assured her officials spoke with the teacher who created the quiz.
“We’re not looking to get her fired or anything,” she said. “I wanted to get this out there because this kind of stuff is not appropriate for school.”