Nazi Essay Assignment Lands Teacher In Trouble

Apr 13, 2013 by

School officials in upstate New York say they may discipline a high school English teacher who gave a controversial writing assignment about World War II.

The assignment from the unnamed teacher asked 10th-grade students to make a persuasive argument blaming Jews for the problems of Nazi Germany.


School district Spokesman Ron Lesko said administrators are discussing what official action the Albany High School teacher could face for the writing exercise given to students earlier this week.

According to the Albany Times Union newspaper, the assignment asked students to research Nazi propaganda, then to write a paper that would convince a Nazi government official of their loyalty to the Third Reich.

The assignment told students they “must argue that Jews are evil and the source” of Germany’s problems.

One-third of the students refused to complete the assignment, according to the newspaper.

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, who apologised on the school’s behalf, said she does not believe the teacher in question meant any harm.

Ms Wyngaard said the assignment was related to the school’s effort to link English and history curricula, but acknowledged the task’s offensive nature.

“I don’t believe there was malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of Jewish faith,” the superintendent told the newspaper.


She has scheduled a news conference for Friday afternoon at the United Jewish Federation to discuss the controversy.

Earlier this year, a teacher at a Manhattan public school created controversy by giving elementary students math homework that included scenarios about killing and whipping slaves.

via Nazi Essay Assignment Lands Teacher In Trouble.

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