News website Infowars on Tuesday published an article showing a school assignment sent to them by the parents of a 10-year-old student that states that: “The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.”
The assignment requires the student to rewrite a sentence so that it contains a possessive noun, such as “The job of a president is not easy,” which the student rewrote as “The president's job is not easy.”
But the sentence on the assignment that upset the parents was the one about obedience to government.
Another sentence states: “The wants of an individual are less important than the needs of a nation.”
Infowars's Steve Watson looked into the issue and found that the assignment is published by Pearson Education, “a global corporation that provides education publishing and assessment services to schools in the US and the rest of the world,” and is part of a set of assignments.
The particular sentence about obeying the government was placed in other assignments, according to Watson, including a fifth grade spelling test.
So why would a private company try to teach children to mindlessly obey government? Watson speculates that's it's due to the company having been contracted by the government under the No Child Left Behind Act, along with the company's lobbyists including the “top White House liaison with Congress on drafting the No Child law,” according to Gail Collins, quoted by Watson.