12 April 2013

Assignment: Jews Are Evil.

"You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!"

So reads an assignment an Albany, New York, high school required of its students.  They let the kiddies watch some Nazi propaganda for a bit and then asked them to "prove that Jews were the source of Germany's problems."

You know, I "get" that assignments like these are designed to help students look at perspectives that are different from their own and argue the opposite point of view from that which they deeply believe.  But still.  If you were Jewish, how would you feel about sending your daughter to school after hearing this?

Missouri Education Watchdog is more forgiving.  It isn't the stupidity of the teachers and administrators in giving out this assignment.  It is all the fault of Common Core! 

I hate Common Core as much as the next guy, but I sure can't imagine that preaching hatred is really the intention of the national standards.

Do you know what?  The fact that a third of the students refused to complete it gives me hope for America.

3 comments:

  1. With all of the valid topics they could choose from, it was really poor taste to pick this one. I 'get' their point as well, but very tasteless and offensive.

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  2. Ok, even I admit that is a bizarre, out-of-touch assignment!

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