Parents are questioning the New Hampshire Department of Education for indoctrinating kids by adding a pro-Bernie Sanders essay question to this year’s state SAT tests.
In the latest SAT test, kids are asked to write an essay based on an excerpt from a 2014 op-ed written by the socialist Senator who is now running for the Democrat nomination for president in 2020.
As Breitbart News reports:
“The column in question was probably a poor choice, in hindsight,” said Commissioner Frank Edelblut. “However, it doesn’t affect the ability of students to be able to read and process the concept of the piece and whether or not the author made a persuadable argument — which is the purpose of the essay in the first place.”
The state ed department tried to “explain”:
As the DOE explained, students taking the College Board’s SAT test in 2019 were asked to write an essay on a passage from Sanders’ Wall Street Journal op-ed titled, “There’s No Need to End Saturday Mail Delivery,” which was published on March 4, 2014, and reprinted on Sanders’ website.
“About 13,000 students in New Hampshire took the SAT this year, both the written version on March 27 and the digital test administered through April 9. One concerned parent raised the issue of the question about Sanders’ column on April 10, reported the DOE” Breitbart added.
Here is an excerpt of the Sanders op-ed from 2014:
There are very powerful and wealthy special interests who want to privatize or dismember virtually every function that government now performs, whether it is Social Security, Medicare, public education or the Postal Service. They see an opportunity for Wall Street and corporate America to make billions in profits out of these services, and couldn’t care less how privatization or a degradation of services affects ordinary Americans.
For years, antigovernment forces have been telling us that there is a financial crisis at the Postal Service and that it is going broke. That is not true. The crisis is manufactured.
This is how liberals do it, folks.
They push their far-left ideas on kids at every opportunity, always disguised as “education.”
In this case they are exposing kids to the anti-American Senator’s socialist ideals and essentially telling students “see, Sanders is great, and that is why we included him as a part of your SAT test.”
Liberals never “teach.” They ALWAYS indoctrinate.
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