Students at an Australian school were asked to plan a terrorist attack "to kill the MOST innocent civilians in order to get your message across" as part of a class assignment, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported Wednesday.As expected, the only thing more shocking than what the teacher did is the way it is defended:
The society and environment teacher at Kalgoorlie-Boulder Community High School in Western Australia asked Year 10 students -- aged about 16 -- to pretend they were a terrorist planning a chemical or biological attack in Australia.
...Grades were to be allocated based on students' ability to analyze information they had learned on terrorism and chemical and biological warfare and apply it to a real-life scenario.
"The teacher, who is relatively inexperienced, made a well-intentioned but misguided attempt to engage the students in an assignment on contemporary conflict and how beliefs and values influence the behaviors and motives of individuals," Martino told the local newspaper.Relatively inexperienced?
Whatever that is supposed to mean, is that supposed to explain how it is that an assignment that was allegedly intended to teach "how beliefs and values influence the behaviors and motives of individuals" required the students "to kill the MOST innocent civilians in order to get your message across"?
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