Shocking Common Core-based essay assignment: Did Holocaust really happen or was it a ‘hoax’ ?

A Common Core-based writing assignment  almost made Holocaust denial part of one California school district’s curriculum.

As an alleged exercise in critical thinking, eighth-graders in the Rialto Unified School District near San Bernardino were given an assignment last week to write a paper about whether they believe the Holocaust actually happened or was a “hoax” designed to “influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

Ah, those crafty Jews.

On Monday, after a story about the exercise was published by the San Bernardino Sun drew fire from groups like the Anti-Defamation League and at least one serious-sounding death threat, the school district agreed to “revise” the question.

The school district’s acting superintendent will make sure there’s no more talk of the Holocaust “not occurring” a school district spokeswoman said, according to The Associated Press.

“The Holocaust should be taught in classrooms with sensitivity and profound consideration to the victims who endured the atrocities committed,” Syedda Jafri said.

OK, there are still a couple of problems here.

First of all, giving middle school students an assignment asking them to decide whether the Holocaust happened is intellectually indefensible.

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Sensitivity issues aside, it’s like asking kids to debate whether the American Revolution, the Vietnam War or the moon shot happened. It’s not critical thinking. It’s fantasy – and a fantasy with a blood-soaked history to boot.

Which brings us to the acting superintendent, and the unfortunate name of Mohammad Islam. It doesn’t help that the main purveyors of the lie that the Holocaust is a lie happen to have a great deal in common with Mr. Islam – starting with the first name and ending with his second.

It also doesn’t help that the language spokeswoman Jaffri used to clarify things doesn’t clarity much at all – just the opposite, in fact.

“The Holocaust should be taught … with profound consideration to the victims who endured the atrocities committed” is a weirdly roundabout way of saying 6 million Jews were deliberately murdered in a war of extermination.

As a writer on Infidel Blogger’s Alliance puts it, “Who are these ‘victims’, Mohammed? Why don’t you tell us who you believe the victims of the Holocaust are. And what exactly were ‘the atrocities committed?’” (The rest of that post is much blunter — be warned about the language.)

Finally, imagine the outcry if a school district assigned students a legitimate exercise in critical thinking that wasn’t in line with liberal orthodoxy, like proving global warming, white privilege or gay marriage are indeed hoaxes designed to “influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

As the San Bernardino Sun wrote:

“The Common Core state standards, which have been adopted by most states and the District of Columbia, emphasize critical thinking in students, which is what the assignment is intended to teach, according to school board member Joe Martinez.

“One of the most important responsibilities for educators is to develop critical thinking skills in students,” Martinez wrote in an email Friday morning. “This will allow a person to come to their own conclusion.”

Come to their own conclusions about historical facts?

If Common Core “critical thinking skills” means shoving liberal, Islamist propaganda down the throats of America’s school children, its backers should at least be honest enough to say so.

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].


354 thoughts on “Shocking Common Core-based essay assignment: Did Holocaust really happen or was it a ‘hoax’ ?

  1. William LaSalle says:

    Josef Stalin, former dictator of the USSR and murderer of 30 million people, infamously supported Gun control. Adolf Hitler supported gun control and murdered 7 million people. Chairman Mao suported gun control and was responsible for the death of 70 Million People. Guess where Kim Jong-il stood on Gun Control.

    Probably only 50,000,000 or so Americans will have die to turn the United States into a Communist Country.

    Obama and Biden and most of our current Senators and Representatives love Gun Control as much as Adolf Hitler did and hate your Human Rights and Freedoms as much as Adolf Hitler hated the thought of any Jew having Human Rights and Freedoms.

    The guys who gave us the War on Terror, the NDAA, and every one of Obama’s horrible Laws and allowed Obama to write Executive Orders illegally that change laws written by our Legislative Branch and signed by our President are in office today. Elections are coming for these Senators and Representativaes. No Incumbents.

    The horrible leaders who want Gun Control are always monsters.

    Gun Control is murder.

    Take the arms away from your citizens and you have complete control.

    If you want to be for Gun Control, you join a list of some of the most famous dictators of the world.

    What is the difference between U.S.S.R communisim and Chinese communisim?

    Under Chinese communisim you stand in line all day hoping you get a half a handfull of rice. Under the U.S.S.R. communism you stand in line all day hoping you get a half a potato.

    Nikita Kruschev,

    “We will take over the United States without firing a shot. Your children will live under communism!”

    Just as you can be sure that when Obama is talking, he lies, you can be sure Nazi’s existed and murdered seven million Jews.

    House Democrats are weighing their role in the Benghazi Investigation, Obstruction of Justice is the term they are looking for.

    Just what Barrack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Susan Rice have done since the Terrorist Attack.

    You would have thought all the Youtube Videos posted of the Terrorists Attack at Benghazi would have helped to get some of the Terrorists involved in the attack brought to justice.

    A good President knows and loves the people of the United States.

    We don’t have one.

    Common Core is as stupid and wrong as our War on Terror and Obamacare.

    Shut down the EPA, FEC, IRS, and the Bureau of Land Management, they have worked with Harry Reid, Barrack Obama, and Eric Holder.

    The FBI should be conducting a RICO investigation of Barrack Obama, Harry Reid, Eric Holder, George Soros, Hillary Clinton, the EPA, the FEC, the IRS, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Bureau of Land Management.

    Sharia Law is why women and children in Muslim nations are slaves. In Muslim nations women and children have the right to be quiet and the freedom to do as they are told. That is why Obama loves Muslims and Terrorists.

    ” Take the Human Rights and Freedoms from United States citizens and they will be peaceful and quiet and love you for it.” Liberals.

  2. William LaSalle says:

    If you want the truth, you will not get it in our schools or from our Media an certainly not from our Liberal Media.

    Get online and study it for yourself.

    You can start with this. The National Endowment for Democracy as part of the CIA and George Soros created, supported, and financed the violence and the Terrorism in the Ukraine.

    That will give you many hours of very interesting reading you will not get from the Media or our politicians.

  3. Lc Goodfellow says:

    64807-4 this is 93 years old. There is not any question as to what it was meant for. The card is still in the file at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

  4. Jody Coletta says:

    Ignorance and non-negotiable lack of judgement to even plant such a thought in a student’s mind. Whoever created this reprehensible and meritless assignment should face serious having any teaching/educational credentials “yanked”! Amazes ..but sadly does not surprise me that such poor judgement exists in anyone’s mind..but frighteningly in the minds of those who we entrust with access to our children’s minds. Did these “educators think to discuss the very current event where Jewish males ages 16 and up were forced at risk of deportation to register and provide information to authorities in the Ukraine? Sound remotely familiar..or is it easier to forget? Unless these “educators need a “refresher course” in World History in the 20th Century.. I would think this was a more relevant and insidious issue for discussion….and the temerity of the other posters to suggest that Jewish people brought this onto themselves which he rationalized because “HE” has seen how “Israelis” ( big generalization there…. and an audacious and ignorant thought connection) treat Muslims. That kind of incendiary garbage really didn’t even belong in this discussion..rather in the garbage disposal. FACE IT FOLKS..IT HAPPENED..and similar situations are happening in other regions of our World. Consequently..if you would still like to keep your collective heads up your….. (shall I correct that to “in the sand”) then you/we are hopeless and have learned nothing in memory of all those who suffered and died because of collective ignorance and a complete disregard for life.

  5. finishstrongdoc says:

    How we get tyranny:
    “We’re going to make sure this never happens again!”
    “Gosh, thanks! Wait….how exactly are you going to do that?”
    “Details…. just let us handle the details….”

  6. Amy says:

    Questions should be raised about Pearson being allowed to have ANY role in American education. They also publish biased textbooks. Time to look deeply into this outfit, America .

    Or, as Butch Cassidy said to Sundance, “Who ARE those

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