Social media outrage over question on Broughton High quiz misses the full story

Posted September 25, 2020 2:08 p.m. EDT
Updated September 25, 2020 2:19 p.m. EDT

— An image of a quiz delivered to students at Raleigh's Needham B. Broughton High School circulating on social media lacks context, a Wake County schools spokeswoman said Friday, and the outrage it prompted was largely born of misunderstanding.

The social post shows the question: "The current problems with our government is the fault of:" with two answers:

A) Democrats

B) Republicans

Lisa Luten, spokeswoman for the Wake County Public School System, said the quiz, which helps students determine where they stand on the political spectrum, has been in use for a decade and has no right or wrong answers.

When the teacher converted what was a paper quiz to Google for virtual learning this year, Luten said, the program forced the teacher to randomly select "correct" answers to display.

The teacher explained that context at the beginning of the session, Luten said, but the student who shared the screengrab on social media was late to the class and missed that information.

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