If this is what we’re teaching 6-year-olds… our country is doomed.


PITTSBURGH, Penn. – First-grade students at Pittsburgh elementary schools are just learning how to read. So parents within the district are justified when they voiced their outrage over the content of their kids’ workload.

Parents of students in the Pittsburgh school district and across the country are fuming after seeing a photo of the reading assignment posted to Facebook from concerned mother Ladodie Whiters. 

Run from a cop? This can’t actually be what we’re teaching first-graders…


In it, the kids get a story of Tom and Rob. The first sentence leads you to believe that it’s a fun way for beginners to start reading. But then it takes a turn, twisting into the story of two friends running from the police and the officer’s dog being told to ‘Get them!’

“Tom will run. He will run from the cop. Tom will run with Rob. They will not stop.” 

Great, so right off the bat, we have two people smiling as they evade justice. Cool.

“Look at the cop. The cop has a big mop. What will he do with the mop?”

This one might go over the kids’ heads, but to us it’s the creator’s attempt at insinuating that police carry batons and might just decide to use it on their suspects.

“Tom falls on a log. Rob falls in the pond. “Get them!” yells the cop. The dog gets Tom and Rob.”

We know it’s probably not the intention… but maybe there’s a little lesson about justice in there?

Ironically, the little story ends with a grammatical error.

“Rob’s socks is wet from the pond.”

Nothing like pushing your own narrative on a bunch of 6-year-olds under the guise of “teaching them to read” while not even being able to lay out a simple paragraph.

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After Whiters posted the picture of the assignment to Facebook, it exploded across social media. Check out the assignment for yourself.

This is what they are teaching in our Elementary schools in Pittsburgh. Really run from cop🤬 they couldn’t think of no…

Posted by Ladodie Whiters on Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Some argued that the tone of the sentence was also a problem, as the paragraph is written in a completely innocent, sing-song way, seeming to make running from the police no big deal at all.

The assignment then goes on to ask questions about the paragraph they had just read, encouraging the children to regurgitate the information that they had just read.


The cop chased them. The cop is the bad guy in the story, armed with his mop and his dog.

Seriously, Pittsburgh? This is pretty pathetic. 

These kids are just now learning how to read. Should this really be the first thing they come across?

The Facebook post has since been shared over 1,400 times as other parents wonder what happened to teaching our children the difference between right and wrong. 


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