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Gov. Palin: School assignment desensitizing kids to death panels?

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 12, 2013

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Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page yesterday:

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Friends, please see the article linked below. Consider this school teacher’s assignment which mandates that kids undertake the task of deciding the fate of characters in an exercise that can obviously be considered a numbing lesson in “death panels.” Unbelievable.

We’ll be in NJ this Saturday to rally for Steve Lonegan for the U.S. Senate to thank his supporters for pushing back against Obamacare and to halt D.C.-inspired nonsense like this.

We should hope that influential adults could teach the next generation that it is never ethical, it is never right, for our government to take steps towards the destruction of the sanctity of innocent life. And the way to do that is for our culture to condemn and reject the insensitive callus that grows in a society by this kind of thinking. The teacher could hopefully explain how Orwellian and wrong this thinking is. And she’d go on to declare our right to LIFE, liberty, and the pursuit if happiness, upon which American exceptionalism was built. I challenge her to do so.

http://radio.foxnews.com/toddstarnes/top-stories/teacher-makes-students-decide-who-lives-who-dies.html

This is the article by Todd Starnes that she linked to:

Teacher Makes Students Decide Who Lives, Who Dies

Teacher Makes Students Decide Who Lives, Who Dies

Oct 10, 2013

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By Todd Starnes

A classroom of 14 and 15-year-old Illinois high school students was assigned the task of deciding the fate of ten fictional characters in an exercise that critics called a lesson in death panels.

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The assignment was part of a sociology unit for freshmen and sophomore students at St. Joseph-Ogden High School in St. Joseph, just east of Champaign. The story was first reported by Champion News.

The lesson involves 10 people who are in desperate need of kidney dialysis.

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“Unless they receive this procedure, they will die,” the lesson states.

But there’s a problem. The local hospital only has enough machines to support six patients.

“That means four people are not going to live,” the assignment states. “You must decide from the information below which six will survive.”

According to the worksheet I received, the student opted to spare the doctor, lawyer, housewife, teacher, cop and Lutheran minister.

The others weren’t so lucky.

Among those unceremoniously dispatched to the hereafter were an ex-convict, a prostitute, college student and a disabled person.

It sure looked like a lesson on death panels to Jarratt.

“The first thing I thought was they were desensitizing kids to death panels,” he told me. “They are preparing them for it.”

Principal Brian Brooks told me that assessment is way off base.

“The assignment has nothing to do with a ‘Death Panel,’” he said.

He said the purpose of the lesson was to teach students about social values and how people in our society unfortunately create biases based off of professions, race and gender.

“The teacher’s goal is to educate students on the fact that these social value biases exist, and that hopefully students will see things from a different perspective after the activity is completed,” he said.

That’s all well and good if you were the doctor — but try telling that to the 9-year-old disabled kid.

“The teacher’s purpose in the element of the assignment you are referring to is to get students emotionally involved in order to participate in the classroom discussion,” he said.

Jarratt said he suspects there’s more to the assignment than just a lesson in bias.

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