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Kindergarten Homework Pictured Gun

NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (UPI) — A New York couple said they were shocked to see their 5-year-old’s homework assignment included pictures of a gun and an armed robber.

Lawrence Gillman and Takiema Reynolds said their daughter, Amanda, brought home a worksheet from her kindergarten class at PS 201, known as The Discovery School for Research and Inquiry, featuring the pictures and requiring her to write “gun” and “rob” under the pictures, the New York Post reported Thursday.

“It was horrible,” Reynolds said. “I was totally thrown off when I saw it.”

“It’s inappropriate for a kindergartner to have to learn that,” she said. “It makes it seem like it (violence) is OK. It’s not — it’s totally not.”

A Department of Education spokeswoman said the teacher has apologized and the worksheet was not a part of the school’s usual curriculum. The spokeswoman said the school’s principal will be monitoring the teacher’s future homework assignments.

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    First, why isn’t that couple married? Second, WHAT was the teacher’s intent? Third, was the child upset, or did the ‘parents’ react via a collective brain fart? Fourth, teachers are usually required to submit LESSON PLANS IN ADVANCE. If the teacher submitted a lesson plan, did the administration know about it? If not, why not?
    Fifth, does the school use experimental approaches to get kids to THINK? Sixth, how often do those ‘parents’ talk to teachers at that school? Seventh,
    were the ‘parents’ shocked because violence was obvious or perceived? Eighth, will the ‘parents’ be monitored?
    Ninth, how well are kids taught at that school? Tenth, if the student was shown stick figures having intercourse (of any kind) would that be viewed as violence or love?
    Eleventh, the kid would probably be better off being homeschooled. I wouldn’t trust New York to get or keep an experimental school that actually gets kids to THINK. Last, how much money is spent on kids each year at that school? There are WAY too many question that need to be ANSWERED. UPI, you suck. Why can’t you do your job right the first time?

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