Student ‘shocked’ by professor’s post warning of why Taliban are not terrorists


A Penn State University student said Friday that she was “absolutely shocked” by the prompt of an essay that the Taliban considers “not a terrorist group.”

In my first four years of college, I was doing absolutely nothing crazy about this. In my last semester, my teachers basically said, “You either have to agree with me or I’m going to fail you. So it was very surprising to me,” Kylie Stone told “Fox & Friends.”

Stone, a social media producer at Turning Point USA, called for an assignment by Christopher Cook, a professor of international politics at the Penn State Online World Campus.

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Cook was teaching that the Taliban were not and would never be a terrorist group. According to The latest addition to TPUSA’s “Professor Watchlist”.

Taliban militants pose for a photograph on Wazir Akbar Khan on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Taliban announced “apologies” throughout Afghanistan and urged women to join their government.
(AP Photo / Rahmat Gul)

In Cook’s “Politics of Terrorism” class, she began the fall semester with an assignment for students to write an essay with the prompt “Explain why the Taliban are not terrorists.” Assignment instructions state that the essay should be “one page” and that students are not allowed to answer the question “in any other way.”

The prompt further stated, “Any attempt to avoid writing this prompt; or otherwise trying to argue otherwise would result in a failure. If you have any questions about the pedagogy behind this assignment – please contact me.”

Cook had previously tweeted a statement to support his claim that the Taliban were not terrorists.

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“Was I overreacting before?” Stone recalled.

“I was working at Turning Point USA, so I went in, and I sat down with ‘Professor Watchlist’ people and they started looking at everything. .

She said the essay prompt was completely inadequate and she left the classroom.

“I have assignments where they ask me to argue on both sides. I like doing that kind of thing. I think it’s very beneficial for every student to do that but these assignments are not,” he told Brian Kilmeade.

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