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Albany teacher to students: Think like a Nazi

An upstate New York high school English teacher may be facing disciplinary action when he asked his students to think like a Nazi and describe why “Jews are evil.”

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Tenth grade students at Albany High School were given a “persuasive writing” class assignment by an unidentified teacher.

“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 assignment read according to the Albany Times Union.

The Union’s Scott Waldman wrote:

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 were required to prove that Jews were the source of Germany’s problems.

The assignment was given to three classes in an attempt to challenge the students to make a persuasive argument, but the teacher took the assignment a bit oo far in this case.

“I would apologize to our families,” Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said. “I don’t believe there was malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of Jewish faith.”

The Times Union newspaper reported on Saturday that the teacher was not in class on Friday and had been placed on leave by the school district.

What is it with teachers nowadays? Just in the last six months teachers have had students pledge their allegiance to Mexico and stomp on Jesus, while they themselves rip down the American flag and stomp on it and teach their students that America was the root cause of 9/11.

Would it be asking too much to just get back to reading, writing and arithmetic?

Read more at the Albany Times Union.

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