School worksheet tells kids GOP thinks helping poor 'waste of money,' parent claims

A Wisconsin mother claims her 16-year-old son's classroom assignment last week described Republicans as opposed to helping the poor because "it's a waste of money."

The woman said her son, a junior at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Wisc., was asked, along with other students, to complete an assignment about different views on the political spectrum while in a U.S. government and politics class on Thursday.

The assignment listed a series of quotes and required students to identify which party affiliation best represented each statement.

The first quote read, "We should not help the poor, it’s a waste of money."

The mother, who asked only to be identified as "Heather" to protect her son's privacy, said he chose option "E" for "Fascist" because he "didn't know what else could be the answer."

When the assignment was returned, the answer was marked as incorrect and the teacher wrote in option "D" for "Conservative/Republican" instead, his mother told

"I picked my son up from school on Thursday and asked him what was wrong and he brought up that quote," she said. "He asked, 'Mom, where would you say this went on the political spectrum?'"

"I said, 'Nowhere. I don’t know any political party that espouses not helping the poor,'" she told "Once we got home, I looked at the work sheet and saw that his answer was marked wrong. The teacher had put the correct answer in the margin and marked it conservative."

"I was shocked and then I was very angry," she said, claiming she called the superintendent of West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Friday morning to inquire about the assignment.

The school district issued a press release late Monday saying students were "required to take a political spectrum quiz, which is not a quiz in the traditional sense with right or wrong answers; instead, the quiz asks survey questions. The answers to the questions place students on the political spectrum. While the survey is completed online, no personal information is entered, including name, login, and student number."

The district also said the spectrum quiz would not be used again in the future.

The assignment, which was first reported on by the conservative education blog, was not meant to survey students' political beliefs. The bottom portion of the quiz, however, instructed students to visit a website – – to "find out where they stood on the political spectrum," the woman said.