‘The presentation focused on the basic beliefs of conservatives and liberals, and a follow-up activity asks students to identify conservative and liberal positions …’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) A South Carolina high school drew widespread criticism after one of its teachers presented a meme that depicted liberals as “tolerant” and “generous,” and conservatives as “stingy” and “bigoted.”
A parent posted a picture of the teacher’s presentation in his son’s Rock Hill High School class on Thursday.
The meme shows synonyms for the word “liberal,” which include “tolerant, generous, enlightened, broadminded, lavish, charitable.”
The image then contrasts those words with what it says are antonyms of liberal: “conservative, stingy, miserly, regressive, narrow-minded, reactionary, bigoted, prejudiced, biased.”
The presentation cited Roget’s Thesaurus as its source, but a hyperlinked, online version of the thesaurus did not list all of the words included there.
Both definitions included both positive and negative synonyms.
The school said the teacher didn’t make the meme, but just included it in a presentation.
Rock Hill spokesman Mychal Frost said in a statement that the photo was just one part of an in-depth presentation on political parties.
“The full presentation sought to provide an overview of political parties, and social and fiscal issues that have shaped the American political system,” Frost said.
“The teacher, on at least two occasions, stressed to students that labels of ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ have changed throughout history and each is not synonymous with today’s Republican and Democrat parties. The presentation focused on the basic beliefs of conservatives and liberals, and a follow-up activity asks students to identify conservative and liberal positions on issues and explain why each side takes the position(s) that it does.”
Frost said the slide would not be used in the future.
“I am tired of these schools indoctrinating our kids,” the parent, Keith DuBose, said when he posted the picture of the meme. “This needs to stop.”
Another Rock Hill parent, Bonnie Hunter, said she is concerned the image was included.
“I don’t think it’s a fair assessment because I am a conservative. I wouldn’t be too happy with those being the ways to judge me,” Hunter told WSOC-TV. “I would hope that we can take away the division that we have in our country now a days instead of inflame it.”