Friday, 12 April 2013

U.S. school district mulls action against teacher over Nazi assignment

10th-grade teacher in Albany, N.Y., asked students to make a persuasive argument blaming Jews for problems of Nazi Germany; students told they 'must argue that Jews are evil.'

School district officials in Albany say they're considering disciplinary action for a high school English teacher whose writing assignment asked students to make a persuasive argument blaming Jews for the problems of Nazi Germany.
School district spokesman Ron Lesko says Friday that administrators are discussing what official action the 10th-grade teacher at Albany High School could face for the assignment given to students on Monday.
The assignment, first reported Friday by the Albany Times Union, asked students to research Nazi propaganda, then assume their teacher was a Nazi government official who had to be convinced of their loyalty. The assignment told students they "must argue that Jews are evil."
A third of the students refused to complete the assignment.
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard says she doesn't believe the teacher who handed out the assignment had malicious intent. The school district has not named the teacher.



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