A liberal professor made students argue why the Taliban was not and is still not a “terrorist organization,” and the university has his back.
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Pennsylvania State University senior Kylie Stone posted the controversial prompt from international politics professor Christopher R. Cook, who teaches at Penn State Online World Campus.
“These days, college is a wild place where wokism seems to be literally everywhere. I’m a senior in my last semester of college, so I figured I was in the clear. Until this assignment,” Stone, a social media producer at Turning Point USA, wrote on Instagram.
“You are not allowed to answer this question in any other way,” Cook’s instructions for the “Politics in Terrorism” assignment said. “Any attempt to avoid answering this prompt as written; or trying to argue otherwise will result in a failing grade.”
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“The purpose of the assignment was to get students to think about their perceptions and biases about the Taliban from the opposite slant,” a university spokesperson told Campus Reform. “Class assignments are designed to investigate issues from many angles and ideologies.”
The student disagrees.
“I have had assignments where they asked me to argue both sides. I love doing that kind of stuff. I think it’s so beneficial to every student to be doing that but that’s not what this assignment was,” Stone told Fox News.
The Taliban recently took over Afghanistan within hours of President Biden’s failed troop withdrawal from the country last year — and previously had control of the country on Sept. 11, 2001.