Students of Maumee High School received extra credits for watching videos from a right wing website that features clips of conservative pundits like Candace Owens and Ben Shapiro, says reports.
The school’s sophomores had been assigned PragerU videos which had some titles like “Build the Wall,” “Why the Right Was Right” and “The Left Ruins Everything. These history class students also needed to answer questions like “most important messages.”
Although Prager University is a media company, it launched a program aimed at parents and teachers that includes study guides sections like “Conservatives Are the Real Environmentalists” and “The Ferguson Lie.”
The mother of a 16 year old, Andrea Cutway informed the school authorities about the assignments and immediately took her daughter out of the class. In her email she wrote, “It’s ALT RIGHT propaganda. If you Google PragerU and spend a few minutes scrolling, you will see that this site is controversial at best.”
Superintended Todd Cramer told the outlet that when they tried questioning the school about the assignment they yanked the materials from the syllabus. Other videos on their websites have titles such as “There Is No Gender Wage Gap,” “How to Steal an Election: Mail-In Ballots,” and “Is Islam a Religion of Peace?”
The PragerU chief marketing officer told UN an email that already 2000 parents and educators had signed up for PREP. He added to his statement and said that, “We constantly hear from educators and teachers who use our videos in the classroom. Ideally, every school in America would show PragerU videos in the classroom on a regular basis to help educate the next generation.”
The school officials say they have removed the assignment from the syllabus and Cramer also said that they believe that the students deserve a well balanced presentation of content.
He added by saying, “We support our educators in using a variety of instructional tools and materials. We expect our educators to exercise good judgment and trust our students, parents and community to engage our staff in conversations about our instructional methods and the materials being used if they feel the need to do so.”