Oh wow. I don’t even have the words to explain how this… And these are people that are teaching in schools? We’re taught from kindergarten to listen to teachers and learn from what they teach us… But some can just be so… Why are they looked up to so much? Why is it so shocking that a teacher does this-what is it about their position that makes them so… I can’t think of the word for it- intimidating? It seems to me that teachers are held up to a really high standard- it almost makes them symbols… as symbols of knowledge, if we’re expected to accept that they have all the answers and tools to help us make our own decisions or find the right answers for everything, how does it look when something like this happens? Teachers are humans. They can be biased. They can have ideas which are sickening, they can make mistakes, they can infuriate people. They can be great. Holding them up to the high standard though that we do, is that dangerous? I’m guessing that’s another thing I’m going to have to explore.
A New York high school has apologized after students were assigned the task of “explaining why Jews are evil” as part of a persuasive writing class and the teacher responsible has been placed on leave, reports the Albany Times Union.
TheTimes Union broke the story last Friday, reporting that sudents at Albany High School were asked to watch and read Nazi propaganda, and then pretend their English teacher was a fascist official whom they must convince of their loyalty.
Around 75 kids were told to they “must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich” in five paragraphs.
Participants were urged to use information garnered from their history classes as well as “any experiences you have” to present…
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