WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A Florida middle school teacher was reassigned after parents complained about a quiz that identified President Donald Trump as an “idiot.”
- The question listed identifiers that only corresponded to Trump — such as “45th Pres” and “Republican” — but also listed the word “idiot.”
- One of the complaining parents argued that teachers should not force their opinions on children.
A Florida middle school teacher was reassigned after parents complained about a quiz that identified President Donald Trump as an “idiot.”
One of the complainants chose to remain anonymous. His daughter is a student at Watson B. Duncan Middle School in Palm Beach Gardens.
The father told WPBF, “My daughter was doing her homework at the dinner table and she said to me, ‘Daddy, you gotta see this question.’”
The question read, “45th Pres; 2017; Republican; Real Estate businessman; Idiot.” The choices were Donald Trump, Ronald Reagan, Richard Nixon, and Jimmy Carter.
The only correct answer for the first four identifiers is Trump. He is the 45th U.S. president and was sworn into office in 2017. He is a Republican and is a well-known business mogul. But the last distinction seemed to be added by the teacher.
The father said, “I took one look and it was very unacceptable. It’s an obvious example of indoctrination at our school system where teachers are forcing their opinions on our children. This is the first time I actually saw it in writing. It’s quite a different thing than when I hear it verbally.”
The school’s principal, Phillip D’Amico, has since sent a letter of apology to the parents “for the offensive verbiage used in the question.”
The letter, which was obtained by CNN, read: “A question on a quiz given by your child’s Computer Applications teacher yesterday was brought to my attention this morning. The question was inappropriate and demonstrated an unacceptable lack of good judgment on the part of the teacher. An investigation is now underway, and the teacher has been reassigned during this process.”