Skip to comments.Outrage after teacher assigns Nazi propaganda essay on why Jews were "evil"
Posted on 07/25/2013 1:04:00 PM PDT by massmike
A New York state high school English teacher who asked students to imagine they were Nazis and give reasons why Jews were evil could be reprimanded or dismissed, a school district superintendent said on Friday.
City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard apologized at a news conference and pledged officials would personally express regret to Albany High School students who were given the assignment and their families.
Vanden Wyngaard declined to name the teacher but said the teacher was removed from class and faced disciplinary action.
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Did they get extra credit if they used the antiSemitic political cartoons of the era?
Shades of the Obama-loving college professor that made his students “Stomp on Jesus”! Where do they find these people?
I could see it in a Social Studies class, to show how propaganda is used, but in an English studies class?
Meanwhile,a daycare worker who saved her students by putting out a fire WAS fired because she left the classroom to do it!!!!!!
Exactly WHAT is running education these days?
Is next week’s lesson the slave overseer’s justifications for whipping their charges? The Crusader’s justification for waging holy war against muslims?
” Shades of the Obama-loving college professor that made his students Stomp on Jesus! Where do they find these people?”
In shop they build kilns.
I wonder how many completed the assignment. If many did, it would show how people will do even outrageous things if requested by authorities. If I was Jewish, I would not be too quick to assume “ Never Again.”
I was taught to understand several informal fallacies in 8th grade English (”ad hominem”, “post hoc ergo propter hoc”, etc). The teacher described them as propaganda techniques to watch out for.
Oh, but if the prof assigned the students to portray a pre-
Civil War plantation owner justifying slavery....
Propaganda is sometimes covered in English classes.
An interesting exercise would be to assign the class to write duplicitous propaganda essays of some sort ... then redistribute the essays anonymously at random and assign the class to write essays refuting the propaganda.
Several years ago, I substitute taught in a high school social studies class in which students were asked to write an essay on slavery from a pro-slavery point of view. I saw nothing wrong with it, since that sort of assignment would enable the students to understand the pro-slavery point of view. The teacher who assigned the Nazi essay may have had the same objective.
Only if they quoted Henry Ford’s “The International Jew”
Standards? Publik skools don’t need no stinkin’ standards.
The plumbers technology class specializes in showers.
Imagination assignments never bothered me. It is a useful skill to learn how to think from every point of view, even the evil ones.