Students were given a political cartoon depicting a white Republican workman destroying a brick road while a black Democrat was busy building it.
The road represented the path to citizenship. Students were expected to correctly identify the Republican as an obstructionist to the progressive Democrat.
A father of one of the students was outraged at the blatant political hostility being taught to his son.
The government school district was unapologetic.
“It was basically a skill-building unit for reading and understanding a political cartoon. It was basically the simplest cartoon that [Davis] could find for an eighth-grade level as far as understanding the concept of a political cartoon,” said a spokesman for the Neenah Joint School District.
The cartoon, seen below, included the following questions:
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1. Who are the men in the picture
(What is their job? Look at what they are doing for a hint.)
2. What are they building?
3. What do the symbols on their shirts represent?
4. What is action being done by each man?
5. What might this mean to us about immigration and citizenship?
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