First-semester Penn State students are being assigned in a Political Science class called "The Politics of Terrorism" to write about how the Taliban is NOT a terrorist organization.
Topic: "Explain why the Taliban are not Terrorsists"
In one page explain why the Taliban is have not [sic] and are still not a terrorist organization.
You are not allowed to answer this question in any other way. Any attempt to avoid answering this prompt as written; or trying to argue otherwise will result in a failing grade.
Yeaaaaah, so this is what the powers that be in higher education want students to spend their time on. Defending the Taliban.
Some are trying to argue that this is being used to help with critical thinking. Steel-manning the other side and playing devil's advocate can be helpful in learning to think. But there's no opportunity in this assignment for both sides to be seen.
Also, it's clear that this is a PoliSci class and not an English class.
But seriously, who makes an assignment like this? It's straight-up indoctrination. This teacher is using the "argue both sides" as a cover for forcing their politics onto young college students.
The Daily Wire's Andrew Klavan points out that it's essentially impossible to do this assignment because there's no rational argument to make that the Taliban aren't terrorists.
Higher education is completely lost.
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