Wisconsin dad angry over child’s immigration assignment… was it anti GOP?

Was the immigration assignment too one sided? You decide.

By Tyler Ragghianti
Posted on Feb 25, 2015 - 10:01am

NEENAH, Wisconsin (Daddyhood.net)  

Immigration reform is a hot button issue. No doubt about that. What about an immigration assignment?

A Wisconsin teacher created an immigration assignment that rubbed one dad the wrong way and has prompted questions about what the teacher was thinking.

Students in the 8th grade social studies class at Shattuck Middle School were handed an immigration assignment that Scott Radies, 46, believes suggested that the Republican Party is destroying the “pathway to citizenship” for immigrants.

Immigration cartoon homework assignment

Immigration cartoon used as part of the homework assignment. COURTESY: Chattanooga Times Free Press

The immigration assignment handed out by teacher Grace Davis came complete with a political cartoon. The cartoon depicted a Democrat laying bricks to build a “pathway to citizenship” while a Republican character in the cartoon removed the bricks to dismantle the immigration process.

The assignment then asks a series of questions about immigration policy:

1.Who are the men in the picture (What is their job? Look at what they are doing for a hint)
2.What are they building?
3.What do the symbols on their shirts represent?
4.What is action being done by each man?
5.What might this mean to us about immigration and citizenship?

Immigration homework assignment. (COURTESY: Independent Journal Review)

Immigration homework assignment. (COURTESY: Independent Journal Review)

Radies saw the assignment after it was graded. And he nearly hit the roof because, well, it was no one-sided.

“I flipped it over to see if the opposite view was maybe on the other side of the homework assignment, but there’s nothing, just one side of paper,” Radies told the Independent Journal Review.

To Radies it felt like the teacher wanted certain answers that fit her political leanings.

And, according to the paper, he says he shared those feelings directly with the teacher.


“She said that she was just trying to expose them to other views and I said ‘Well, some of the things that my son has been hearing in your class, it doesn’t seem like you’re giving the other view,” and she said, ‘Well, the semester’s not over.’

“The whole thing was ridiculous, I thought.”

The Neenah Joint School District disagrees.

A spokesperson told the Independent Journal Review that the assignment was “not intended to shape the children’s political views and that it was a skill-building unit for reading and understanding a political cartoon.”

A passion for sports led Tyler Ragghianti to brief stints with Fox Sports Florida and Bright House Sports Network. After spending two spring trainings filming with the New York Yankees, Tyler decided to step away from the camera and begin a career with Selig Multimedia, Inc. Tyler graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s in broadcast journalism. He spends his personal time creating memories with his wife and passing along his enthusiasm for sports to their son.