Public school assignment: 'must argue that Jews are evil'

Oh, the glories of government schools! In Albany, New York, a teacher -- whose name has not been revealed for some reason - instructed students, according to the New York Times: imagine that their teacher was a Nazi and to construct an argument that Jews were "the source of our problems" using historical propaganda and, of course, a traditional high school essay structure. "Your essay must be five paragraphs long, with an introduction, three body paragraphs containing your strongest arguments, and a conclusion," the assignment read. "You do not have a choice in your position: you must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!" The Albany Times-Union, which broke the story, added this helpful background: Students were asked to watch and read Nazi propaganda, then pretend their teacher was a Nazi government official who needed to be convinced of their loyalty. In five paragraphs, they...(Read Full Post)