Kamloops parent says high school assignment used to push political views onto students

Matt DeFouw says his son knows better than to text in class. But when a picture of a social studies worksheet popped up on his screen, the Kamloops father had to reply.

“Instantly, I was like, ‘Wow, you have to bring that home,’” DeFouw said.

The purpose of the assignment was supposed to teach Grade 10 students at Valleyview Secondary School about the different views in partisan politics. Students were given a list of questions and were asked to answer either political left or right.

“Question No. 3 was, ‘Which person is racist?’” DeFouw said. “The… correct answer was ‘right-wing people.’”

“You have conservatives… being painted as misogynist, racist xenophobes who want to enact a brutal police state that hang people,” he said.

The Kamloops-Thompson School District was alerted to a post that DeFouw put up on social media and has since spoken with the parent.

Assistant Supt. Bill Hamblett says the school district is investigating.

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