"You are only allowed to use your OWN knowledge, your OWN class notes, class handouts, your OWN class homework, or The Earth and Its Peoples textbook to complete assignments and assessments UNLESS specifically informed otherwise by your instructor.''
Students are forbidden to talk to other people, including their own parents, about the assignments. They are specifically forbidden to look things up on the internet.
Jay Matthews, the parent who brought this situation to the world's attention in the Washington Post, tried to get the teachers to explain themselves. They declined. He asked the principal. The principal declined to comment on the record, "but gave me the impression that the teachers, who did not respond to my request for comment, were only trying to be fair. Some students have more help and resources than others."
This is so sad. Egalitarian ideology has so clouded these teachers' minds that they have lost all sense of what education is about.
I hope this foolishness can be cured by gentle mockery.