Campus Reform | App State student shares anti-Trump quiz question. University doesn't deny it.

App State student shares anti-Trump quiz question. University doesn't deny it.

An Appalachian State social work class involved a quiz that asked students to determine whether Trump has “expressed concern” for vulnerable populations.

If students selected “true,” they missed one point, one student in the course alleged.

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Students in an Appalachian State University social work class were asked on a quiz to determine whether Trump has “expressed concern” for vulnerable populations. If the students selected “true,” they missed one point, one student alleged.

Appalachian State undergraduate Luca Handsman, who is enrolled in “Social Work 2020-104/105: The American Social Welfare System” taught by Tynecca Lynch, posted a screenshot of the quiz in a Facebook group.

“Despite Trump’s focus on blue-collar whites, since taking office he has also expressed concern for other vulnerable populations including persons of color, children, women, and persons of disabilities,” the question stated.

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Handsman selected “true,” which was marked incorrectly, which he says caused him to lose one point on the quiz. According to the course syllabus, undergraduates enrolled in the course examine “the role of social welfare in addressing injustice, oppression, and discrimination in American lives today and throughout history with a particular focus on diverse and marginalized populations.”

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The course “focuses on American identities, both individual and collective; the changing roles and contributions of women and minorities in American life; and trends in religious and social thought.” 

Students give “particular attention” to the “forms and policy-related mechanisms of oppression and discrimination and their impact on diverse populations, including the poor, women, children, older adults, people of color, the homeless, people with disabilities, LGBT people, and other marginalized populations.”

A university spokesperson did not deny the student's allegation and said the school is "aware" of the post.

"We are aware of some discussion about this on an unaffiliated Facebook group that is not associated with the university. In the event that a student has a question or concern about content in a class, we encourage that student to first discuss it with their faculty member and then elevate the conversation to the department chair, dean or higher as needed," the spokesperson said.

Campus Reform reached out to Lynch for comment but did not receive a response.


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