NY school district: “We’re sorry for teaching Jews are evil”

Posted by: Phineas on April 12, 2013 at 1:12 pm

**Posted by Phineas

School has certainly changed since my day:

An upstate New York school district is reportedly apologizing — and mulling possible disciplinary action — for a high school writing assignment that asked students to “argue Jews are evil” while making a persuasive argument blaming them for the problems of Nazi Germany.

The Albany Times Union reports that some students at Albany High School were asked to research Nazi propaganda before assuming their English teacher was a Nazi government official who had to be convinced of their loyalty. In five paragraphs, they were required to prove that Jews were the source of Germany’s problems, the newspaper reports.

“You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich,” the assignment reportedly read. A third of the students refused.

Wow. I’ll be charitable and assume a stunning lack of sensitivity and plain good sense on the instructor’s part. There are, after all, good uses for exercises that ask the student to explore and defend the other side or other points of view. But when you’re talking about one of the most monstrous atrocities in the history of humanity –the Holocaust– the only point of discussing the attitudes that lead to it is to criticize them and show their utter evil, not to learn how to be an apologist for them.

Yeah, I’d say this teacher deserves at least a suspension, if not termination, but someone should pointedly ask that school district why they don’t supervise their employees’ lesson plans more closely.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “NY school district: “We’re sorry for teaching Jews are evil””


  1. Drew the Infidel says:

    The astounding lack of judgment displayed by teachers these days is appalling, to say the least. In a career spanning 26 years I thought I had seen it all until a drama teacher had her class re-enact the Columbine massacre (too soon after) using water guns. Upset students told their parents and the spreading outrage was universal. The principal escorted the teacher to the front door and told her, “Get the hell out of here and don’t look back! We’ll mail your check.”

    All’s well that ends well.

  2. Carlos says:

    Obviously the teacher didn’t attend class the day his professor told his students that anti-semitism is not perceived the same as anti-Christian by the uneducated masses and that, even though they are both equally bad use only anti-Christian examples in class because the Christians don’t usually complain as loud and aren’t as sensitive to such displays of hate from the tolerant tribe.

  3. Carlos says:

    From the left’s point of view, it was an excellent assignment. It taught the students 1) to do what they were told without question, and 2) let them see the results of such sycophantic following of pernicious lies.

    Unfortunately, the teachers wouldn’t point out that WWII was the result of such, only that Germany was able to control a particular evil portion of the population because it had popular support for such control.