Anti-semitism and a disdain for Christianity seems to be on the rise with educators in America and around the world. Meanwhile, the teaching of Islam seems to be increasingly popular with academia. This insanity is a result the upside-down PC world we live in. Ten years ago, a teacher who would have given this assignment to high school students would have been fired from his position. Today, he is likely considered “thoughtful” and perhaps even “insightful” by the leftist majority in academia. It’s time for parents to wake up and pay attention to what their kids are being taught in school…

A pair of high school students who take classes at SUNY Oswego via a specialized program are upset at an assignment their “Principles of Literary Representation” class received: Defend Hitler’s Final Solution.

CiTi/BOCES New Vision program teacher Michael DeNobile handed out a “Top Secret memorandum” to the class “addressed to senior Nazi party members.” It asked students “to put themselves in the shoes of Adolf Hitler’s top aides,” according to a report at Syracuse.com.

Students Archer Shurtliff and Jordan April, who ended up on opposite sides of the, er, “debate” wondered: Does DeNobile really want students to argue in favor of “the Nazis’ justification for genocide?”

Although the lesson does tell students it is “not for you to be sympathetic to the Nazi point of view,” and is just “an exercise on expanding your point of view,” Shurtliff and April allege it created a rather intolerant atmosphere.

Jordan April and Archer Shurtliff, both seniors in Oswego County high schools, want a teacher to stop assigning an argumentative essay that asks some students to justify the Holocaust. (Julie McMahon | jmcmahon@syracuse.com) Print Email Julie McMahon | jmcmahon@syracuse.com
Jordan April and Archer Shurtliff, both seniors in Oswego County high schools, want a teacher to stop assigning an argumentative essay that asks some students to justify the Holocaust. (Julie McMahon | jmcmahon@syracuse.com)

One student did a Nazi salute in class, they say, and another said he wished he’d been assigned the pro-Holocaust side “because Heil Hitler, duh.”

From the story:

The students brought their concerns over the assignment to DeNobile, administrators in the New Vision program and educators at their home schools.

The classroom assignment took them on a mission: To make sure no other student would be asked to argue in favor of killing Jews again.

They carefully documented each meeting and conversation with their teachers. They researched other cases, including one in which a teacher was disciplined.

They came up with dozens of alternate assignments and materials that didn’t force kids to argue on behalf of mass killings. They contacted the Anti-Defamation League, which advocates for Jews.

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Within a few days, an alternative assignment was offered. Jordan wrote about America’s AIDS crisis and response. Archer wrote about the internment of Japanese-Americans and compensation paid to survivors.

The students said they weren’t satisfied with the administration’s response.

They are calling for an apology, for the program to retract the assignment completely, and agree to never give it again.

Despite the alternative assignment offered, many chose to stick with the original.

Archer and Jordan say DeNobile and administrators defended the assignment, claiming they were told “the essay was a lesson in having to do things you don’t like, and in seeing the other side of an argument.”

But Shurtliff shoots down this rationalization rather easily: “It’s settled opinion. You can’t say that Jews deserve to die. It should be a settled thing.”

In a letter to New Vision officials, Anti-Defamation League Education Director Beth Martinez wrote

There is no assignment that could ever be given to students that even hints at their [sic] being “two sides” to the “Final Solution”/Holocaust that would be pedagogically or morally sound, and we are very disturbed that students are reportedly being asked to be a part of this.

Indeed, the assignment says the objective is for students to go “outside [their] comfort zone” and to train their brains “to logistically find the evidence necessary to prove a point.”

High schoolers — vouching for the annihilation of an entire people is … merely going “outside their comfort zone”? Lovely.

For entire story: College Fix


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