Skip to comments.Middle School Assignment Promotes Anti-American View of World War II
Posted on 04/24/2013 2:33:16 PM PDT by NYer
Bob and Sarah Fisher were checking their daughter's homework last week when a social studies assignment caught their attention – it criticized the United States for dropping the atomic bomb during World War Two.
"Both of our grandfathers were in World War Two and this worksheet makes it seem as if they were the bad guys," Fisher told Fox News.
The Fishers have a daughter in eighth grade at Victory Junior High School in New York. They said the anti-American slant in the homework assignment was shocking.
"As if somehow the Japanese were the victims and that the United States had no right to do what they did," Fisher said. "It totally takes away from the sacrifices made by their generation and we won't stand by and not say something about it."
The "Why Did the U.S. Drop the Bomb?" homework assignment was created by EdHelper.com.
"But even now, people are still dying from the effects of the atomic bomb," the worksheet states. "The effects were so awful it is necessary to ask the question, 'Why did the US drop the bomb when the war was nearly over?'"
The students were then given four "possible" reasons why the United States dropped the bomb including the idea that "Americans believed Japan would never surrender."
The worksheet also suggested the U.S. bombed Hiroshima because 'the bomb cost a lot of money to develop and the U.S. wanted to use it. It would have been difficult to justify not using it after such a vast financial investment."
Students were instructed to write an argument against the Hiroshima attack "which you hope will stop the bombing."
Neither the principal at Victor Junior High School nor the superintendent returned numerous calls seeking comment.
One of the reasons the Fishers were so shocked is that they have been relatively pleased with the education their daughter has received at the school.
"We check homework regularly and have always been happy that history has been taught truthfully," Fisher said. "We have never seen homework that has been twisted or put a leftist spin on history before, which is why we were shocked by this one."
They said they've seen reports about liberal bias in public schools and they fear it may be creeping into their community.
"We do think that many public schools lean left – that they take history and put a liberal twist on it," Fisher said. "By not saying anything, it just makes it easier for them to slowly erode our educational system and change the true history of our country."
But the couple was especially proud of their daughter, Amanda.
"The funny thing is that our daughter thought it was wrong before we even said anything to her about it," she said. "She said that she couldn't argue against it because the United States had a right to drop the bomb in retaliation."
Japan Attack On Pearl Harbor
Enola Gay just before mission
Evidently our teachers believe we were supposed to funnel hundreds of thousands of American kids into the attack on the mainland and get them killed.
The logic escapes me.
Teachers like this believe the U.S. was the aggressor even before Pearl Harbor was attacked. With these people there is no logic . . . or common sense.
Have you ever visited Pearl Harbor and the Arizona memorial?
I have only been once. But I was struck with how many Asian (assumed Japanese) tourists were also there. I have always wondered what their history classes taught about WWII.
I worked with a young German Engineer early in my career. We once talked about what we were taught about WWII. Her comment was that she never learned much beyond Hitler started it because of WWI, he was bad and Germany lost. She also stated, there are NO WAR memorials in Germany.
This was in 1995. As I recall, it was the 50 year anniversary of the end of the war, and my dad made headlines on the local paper, I don't remember exactly what he said, but it was something like: "NAVAL VETERAN DEFENDS USE OF A-BOMB, SAYS WE SHOULD HAVE DROPPED MORE"
No joke. Heh, later, when he read the paper and a few quotes from people who didn't like what he had to say, he said he meant every word of it, too.
Sigh. He only had a few more years left after that, but they were good ones. How I miss him.
“I have always wondered what their history classes taught about WWII.”
Pretty much it’s supposed to be along the lines of, “one day, for reasons they never fully understood, we started dropping atomic bombs on them”.
No rape of Nanking, no experiments on prisoners, no Korean slavery, no forced prostitution, etc etc.
The principal and teacher should be required to introduce their students to Operation Downfall and see if they still feel the same way.
PS: If you go to the museum there isn't even a mention of the Navy, not even a hint. The omission is almost comical. Not one exhibit on the Navy's role in the Marine Corp. LOL.
Because they did this to our prisoners, among a million other atrocities.
As the bomb was being dropped, my father in law was on a ship headed to japan... he was told he was to be in the first wave of the attack on the japanese mainland..
casualties in the first wave were expected to be 100%..
if that bomb was not dropped, my wife would not have been born..
or my children..
do not ever ask me if dropping the bomb was right, or if it was moral..
I will wipe the floor with that person with my response..
what the hell is wrong witrh teachers these days? Someoen NEEDS to put together a standars itenrary that ALL theachers MUST adhere to to prevent htem from brainwashign our kids iwth their blatant hateful anti-Americanism- and ANY teacher caught breakign protocol shoudl be fiend, and then lsoe liscence to teach if they commit it again
The program was great. Very informative and not politically correct in the least. It was a somber experience.
IIRC the cliffs of Peleliu were a strong indicator of what we'd see if we invaded the mainland. We likely saved many Japanese lives by dropping the bombs. I wonder if this teacher has an explanation of why the Japs didn't surrender after the first bomb went off.
My Grandfather too. He was an ETO vet with a combat engineering specialty, including beach demolitions. Too valuable to send home, he had his orders for Okinawa when the War ended. He got to go home instead. My Mom was born in July 1946. Every member of my family can do the math on that.
Weekly Standard had a great article on the decision a number of years back. Truman had unassailable signals intelligence that the senior Japanese were going to fight to the death. The people trying to open negotiations through the Russians and Swedes had zero authority to do so.
That old, tired argument again. What else are they
teaching about WWII these days? Not much, I would
suppose. My dad’s airborne outfit was the first to
occupy Japan (511PIR/11th AB). They greeted MacArthur
when he stepped off the plane.
To get my BA in history I had to do a Senior Project
which was an extensive research paper. I chose to
write about the Los Banos Raid (Luzon, PI 2/23/45).
Among my interviewees was Br Gen Henry Muller who
had been a Major and 11th AB G-2 until Spring ‘45.
After the Los Banos Raid Muller was promoted to
Asst G-2 for the Eight Army. I asked him what his
duties were with the 8th Army. He informed me that
he was assigned to survey the various divisions
associated with the 8th Army in order to determine
the number of potential casualties that could
result from an invasion of Japan. I then asked him
what that number was. Without batting an eye
General Muller said “For the 8th Army it was 90,000.”
Since the 8th Army constituted a relatively minute
part of the force that would be needed to invade
Japan can you imagine what the total number of
estimated casualties might have been?
I also had the opportunity to interview a gentle-
man who had been a prisoner of the Japanese and
had been rescued in the Los Banos Raid. I don’t
recall if he had read this or if he came up with this
on his own but he said if the US gov’t had chosen
to invade Japan and the citizens learned the
existense of the a-bombs in the US arsenal then
there would have been politicians hanging from
every cherry tree in Washington DC. I think he
was right, don’t you?
I lived in Japan for some time in the late 80's. During that time, one of the most popular books was a story that rewrote the ending of WWII into a glorious Japanese victory. I was constantly amazed by how many people weren't aware of, or refused to admit to, the incredible number of bloodthirsty acts the Japanese committed during the war.
My father was on a ship that had passed through the Panama Canal on it's way to the Pacific theater when the bombs were dropped. I have no patience for people who believe the bombs should never have been dropped.
I believe it was Saipan where the civilians jumped off the cliffs.
Good for these parents! IF every parent bothered to do this, we might turn a corner in this country. I am so SICK of this leftist trash!
There are, but few and far between. Also, they are very ‘bland’ in that they simply memorialize “all those killed in the Second World War”, blah, blah.
God Bless him. I have lost two uncles who fought in that war, and one great-uncle.
I've been twice...the first time was probably a dozen years ago and there wasn't one Nipper; on the second trip we saw a couple of very small Japanese tour groups. They were very quiet.
Yeah, apparently, the Marines just swam there.
Cott, many teachers are as braindead as zombies. In most cases, they don’t get to choose what is taught-That’s decided by the teachers unions, who we all know are mostly Alinsky drones. I am not excusing this teacher, as he/she should refuse to teach anything biased.
"No, I like all you Navy boys. Every time we've gotta
go someplace to fight, you fellas always give us a ride."
My brother’s neighbor in Santa Cruz is an Indonesian Christian taken prisoner as a boy by the Japanese along with his father. They were in a forced labor camp. He said that if we hadn’t dropped the bomb, neither of them likely would have survived. The Left is big on “narratives” for a reason. We have to learn to do the same-Take oral histories and WRITE THEM DOWN, so that the truth can never be erased.
“Not one exhibit on the Navy’s role in the Marine Corp. LOL.”
Not even Corpsman?”
There is a small recognition. They have a plaque from Okinawa with a Marine Corp pin for every casualty. They use a navy anchor to denote corpsmen casualties. Only Navy reference I saw. It is really stupid, almost childish. But I love the Marine Corp. don’t get me wrong. If I am ever trapped in a third world hell hole and they want to send a rescue team for me, don’t send delta force, no rangers - send the Marines.
Or apparently let the Soviets go in and take Japan to make it a Communist state.
The Navy had a pernicious habit of treating Marines like dirt in the years before and sometimes during the Second World War. At places such as Tarawa there were Navy officers who went out of their way to walk around or otherwise avert their eyes to avoid saluting a superior ranked Marine officer or Marine General officer. The Marine Corps commemorates this traditional and perhaps adverse relationship.
PS: If you go to the museum there isn’t even a mention of the Navy, not even a hint.
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That may be why it isn’t called the Navy/Marine Corp Museum. <:
Course if I am there you will always see something in regards to the USN.
Yep, pretty soon the only things they’ll teach our kids about WWII will be our Internment of the Japanese, Dresden, and the dropping of the atom bombs.
Imagine that, 65 years later.
“Neither the principal at Victor Junior High School nor the superintendent returned numerous calls seeking comment.”
The reason this crap happens is because conservatives refuse to get organized and show up at schoolboard meetings.
Five-hundred parents need to show up and demand that the principal and superintendent be fired. You gotta raise a stink or this crap will continue to happen.
Screw your Saturday barbecues, your kitchen remodeling and your stupid pursuit of mammon. Your kids and your liberty are more important. If you don’t get that, you deserve slavery and every misery visited on you.
The left appears that in order to achieve a moral victory, the victor must suffer equal or greater numbers of casualties. It's only fair.
My Father was also on a troop ship steaming for Japan when the bombs were dropped, and the Emperor capitulated. Dad was to be in the first or second wave of the invasion. Later he was assigned to the Phillipines to help offload the armada, destroy tons of materiel, and evidently get in a few firefights (Purple Heart).
I got a chance to personally thank Brig. Gen. Paul W. Tibbets in 2003, via email, for piloting the B-29 which delivered the first atomic ordnance used in war. He just replied, “I’m glad your father made it back!” So am I, and I have no patience for jerks who would change history and sell our country out.
“You’ve got to hand it to the Japanese soldier: they are not afraid to die. And die they did!” — GySgt John Basilone, U.S.M.C. (1916-1945)
The atomic bomb was used to save far more lives than just the American lives. The Japanese had alreqady been executing or murdering huge numbers of Prisoners of war, civilian internees, and civilians on the approach of Allied forces liberating territories captured by the Japanese. The Japanese commander on Wake Island murdered the American civilian construction workers when an Allied task force bombarded the island in what the Japanese mistakenly thought was the opening salvo for an invasion of the island.
The same atrocities were about to be staged on a vastly larger scale throughout Japanese occupied territories as the end of the war approached. Emperor Hirohito found it to be a difficult task to keep his senior military and naval officers from disobeying orders that forbade the killings. Senior members of the Emperor’s royal family had to be dispatched to demand obediance to stop and refrain from going forward with the mass murders and executions. The atomic bombings played a major role in stopping the Japanese massacres of many hundreds of thousands of these people in Japanese hands.
The atomic bombs also saved the lives of millions of the Japanese soldiers, airmen, sailors, and civilians. The executive of a major Japanese entertainment company explained to my uncle, on duty in Occupied Japan, how thankful he was the Americans saved his own life by using the atomic bombs. This man was just graduating from school when he and his fellow students were issued sharpened bamboo sticks and were giventraining on how to use them to attack and kill U.S. Marines at a beachhead.
It should also be remembered how the Japanese had two atomic bomb development programmes underway, one Army and one Navy, for the purpose of using them against the United States. At the end of the war in 1944-1945 the Japanese Navy was deploying the largest submarines ever built, until the advent of nuclear submarines, for the purpose of attacking American targets such as New York City, the Panama Canal, and other targets with Nuclear, Biological, and/or Chemical weapons when possible in addition to conventional weapons. When the NBC weapons were ruled out due to unpreparedness and/or fear of potential American retaliation in kind, the firstmissions were redirected against the U.S. naval fleet at Ulithi until the surrender ended the mission.
The bottomline is that the atomic bombs used against Japan saved far more lives on both sides of the conflict than would have been lost had they not been used at all. The entry of the Soviet Union in the war against japan did not change this situation.
my dad was on a transport ship leaving the European theatre on his way to the pacific when the Japs surrendered. He said it was dead silence when the announcement first came over the PA then pandemonium of joy by the crew.
Exactly...most of those teachers and administrators probably never would have been born had we not dropped Fat Man and Little boy.
the traditional job of marines is to shoot down mutineering sailors
The Old navy purpose for a Marine was to demonstrate just how mean an existence could be even lower than that of an ordinary seaman.
Where are the Liberal's tears on those?
Based on the original article, I personally don’t see a big problem with the the worksheet. Encouraging students to critically examine historical (and current) events should be encouraged. There is more than enough evidence to support the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, for most of the reasons other contributors have raised - foremost being the saving of American lives. Given the brutality of the war to that point and the fact that the result was a foregone conclusion, the decision to drop the bombs was the correct one.
Let’s not forget Unit 731 run by the Japanese
Atomic bomb dropping revisionists piss me off to no end...
Years ago, -— in the 80s-—I hosted 2 Japanese high school girls for a weekend. They had been in the country as exchange students for a year, and came to the NYC area for one last weekend before returning home.
As I usually do with guests is to take them on the Circle Line boat tour around Manhattan. The dock for the boat is located next to the WWII carrier The Intrepid. As is the routine, the guide mentions the role of the carrier during the war, and the Japanese kamikaze bombers, as the Circle Line boat passes by the carrier.
I told the girls to expect to hear what happened to The Intrepid, and it was just a fact of history. One of the girls said “Oh don’t worry about it. We’ve already forgiven you”! I was so astounded that I was speechless. Evidently that is what they were taught in school in Japan.