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Teaching the test

Teaching the test

Noticed in a sidebar illustration: Sarah Posner’s full story at Religion Dispatches on curricular intent and academic freedom at the Liberty University School of Law‘s “Foundations of Law” course is well worth a read, but our specific attention was drawn by the content of one of the course’s actual test questions from 2008 – one that, it turns out, wasn’t merely hypothetical.

Mountains and molehills?


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Tom Sramek Jr

Hmmmmm….I wonder what the solution would be if one substituted a heterosexual relationship?

Paul Woodrum

Those guldarned Christians muckin’ everything up again.

Oh! that’s not the right conclusion?


Peggy Blanchard +

The way the question is presented doesn’t just suggest the sort of answer that’s expected, it bludgeons the reader with all the prejudice and judgment possible embedded in the question. I imagine any student who attempted to give even a moderate answer to this question would be failed on it.



The stipulation of “facts” according to Liberty (?) University appears to have NO connection to the Real World.

JC Fisher

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