I would say that this is unbelievable, but happening in a state which sends the likes of Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert to Washington — not to mention rising star Ronny Jackson — anything is possible. A middle school science quiz contained the question, “Is coronavirus a scam?” and “false” answers were marked wrong. Yet, the principal denies that there was any political motivation behind this. KMOX Radio:
A Pearland ISD parent, Elizabeth Madrigal, posted the photo of the quiz question on Facebook and it immediately received several angry responses.
“This is not acceptable,” one woman commented on the post. “As a healthcare worker, this infuriates me.”
Madrigal said her main concern was that “the teacher might be using his or her political opinions to spark debates on the virus.”
“Had it been worded in a way that they could give their opinions and not be marked incorrect, it could have started a conversation that was relevant to today’s news and been a great way to start the year in science class,” Madrigal said. “It could have gauged the kids’ understanding of the pandemic and really been a good opener to the science behind all of it.”
The way to start a conversation would have been to discuss herd immunity or a vaccine or the like. To question whether the coronavirus is real or not is clearly anti-science and political.
The question has since been removed from the quiz, though Pearland Junior High East principal Dr. Charles Allen says the question was only meant to “spark a conversation” and has denied any requests for comment.
“It was not to imply the virus is not serious or to make any political stance,” Allen said.
“Dr.” Allen is either disingenuous or he’s too stupid to know how off point he is. This is no different from asking whether hydrogen is real, or a scam. The framing of the question is political. What is tragic is that these “educators” are confusing kids about what’s real and what’s not. Here, fact is being confused with opinion and that is deadly to critical analysis. I feel for these kids.