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“I was shocked by it. It startled me. It took me aback for a second ... I grabbed the paper immediately.” That’s how Scott Pick describes his reaction when he saw an assignment his son, who’s 11, had brought home as make-up work after strep kept him out of school for a few days. The assignment was on “following a sequence,” and the sequence it covered was “The Cocaine Trade: From Field to Street.” Pick says he “felt like they were giving my kid a diagram of how to become a drug dealer.” The Keller, Texas, school district says it will review the worksheet, but Pick says he stopped his son from submitting it. And he says the sheet has already led to tough questions. (AC/KTVT Dallas) ...Just imagine what would have happened if the worksheet had covered the sequence of producing a school assignment.
Original Publication Date: 27 December 2015
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 22.

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