Teachers all over look for new and different ways to present material to children to keep them engaged and mentally sharp. However, a homework assignment given out at Keller ISD in Dallas has parents outraged. Instead of the more traditional examples used to deliver lessons, one teacher sent students home with a critical thinking exercise on how to produce, smuggle and distribute cocaine.
Scott Pick, the father of a sixth grader at the school, went to help his son with his science homework. He was shocked when he found the young pupil working on an assignment titled, “The Cocaine Trade: From Field to Street.” According to ABC 13, “The critical thinking exercise about sequences talks about the cocaine trade, listing the steps from the cartels to the drug labs, how it’s smuggled and sold.”
“The amount that they purchase it for is $50,000, but they can easily break it down and sell it for $87,000 on the street level?” the frustrated father recalled. He believes that the lesson does have educational value, but was not age appropriate and led to uncomfortable questions from freshly-enlightened 11-year-old son.
“Keller ISD takes the issue of drug abuse very seriously, and as such, allocates multiple resources to combat abuse through drug education and intervention The study sheet in question will be reviewed before being considered for future use. The district will continue its concerted efforts to review, remind, and revise drug educational material on a regular basis.”