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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Albany High School Assignment: 'You Must Argue That Jews Are Evil'

By Susan Duclos

On the heels of the prior post showing multiple examples of teachers from elementary schools all the way up to colleges, indoctrinating students against the Second Amendment and Republicans in general, I click a link to a New York Times piece to see that a 10th grade English teacher at Albany High School, instructed students to write an essay and in the instructions it said  "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!"

 Via NYT:

The assignment — first reported by The Times Union of Albany — prompted an embarrassed reaction from school district administrators, who were alerted to it by a concerned parent on Wednesday night. 

“Obviously, we have a severe lack of judgment and a horrible level of insensitivity,” said Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, superintendent of Albany’s schools. “That’s not the assignment that any school district, and certainly not mine, is going to tolerate.” 

Dr. Vanden Wyngaard, who met with Jewish leaders in Albany and made a public apology on Friday, said the assignment was apparently an attempt to link the English class with a history lesson on the Holocaust. The assignment itself seems to back up that theory, telling students to use “what you’ve learned in history class.” It also suggests using “any experiences you have.” 

It echoed another recent, controversial assignment in Manhattan, where an elementary school class was given math problems featuring the whipping and killing of slaves, according to The Associated Press. That assignment was an effort to combine math and social studies lessons. 

In Albany, Dr. Vanden Wyngaard said, “No one here believes that malice was the intent.” 

The teacher was not in class on Friday and is facing disciplinary action, she said, which could include termination.

From New York to California, Connecticut to Texas, one end of the country to another, kids are being taught Republicans are "stupid and racist,"-- Americans do not have the right to bear arms,"-- forced to write, " I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure,' in crayon---Forced to pledge they will vote for Democrats--- Forced to design socialist flags--- Made to wear burqas in class and told that the 9-11 terrorist hijackers who murdered nearly 3,000 people, must be called "freedom fighters" and that the holocaust was not genocide but must be called "ethnic cleansing."

Other recent examples of school officials stupidity and bad judgement below:

• Second-grader suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped the strawberry, pre-baked toaster pastry into something resembling a gun. WBFF, the FOX affiliate in Baltimore, broke the story.

• Parents furious after two 6-year-old boys were suspended for using fingers as guns.

• Students were required to design socialist flags.

California School Punishes Students for Wearing “Racist” American Flag Bandanas and Chanting “USA” at Basketball Game

• Junior high teacher tells kid to remove Marines t-shirt or get suspended.

• "Actor Joseph C. Phillips: Teacher Threatened My Son, Questioned His Mental State Over Photo Of BB Gun

•  Bullied Boy Dies, Bullies Get Two Day Suspension vs Student Disarms Gunman Gets Three Day Suspension

What is going on with our nation's schools?