I would suggest that giving middle school students a topic as heavily charged as "Hitler" is a serious problem to begin with.
To introduce it in the context of a former US president, is, I would suggest, simply wrong.
If you are going down that path, a more general assignment would be compare today's America with that of the Third Reich. It biases the discussion otherwise.
The parents were absolutely correct in jumping on this
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
Incredibly stupid assignment. Shows very poor judgment and teaching skills on the part of this teacher. There was absolutely no reason to choose President Bush for this assignment other than a partisan hate living within the teacher. The assignment would have been educational if someone the class was unfamiliar with and had to research were chosen to contrast.
You can dance without a lawyer
And yet some are still saying that liberal ideological indoctrination in the public school systems simply doesn't exist.
I counter with continued examples, such as this one, that it does in fact exist, and frankly, needs to be addressed and eliminated. School should be neutral political ground, at least from the administration and teaching staffs.
I don't see the appropriateness of bringing such ideological fervor into lessons, much less a middle school classroom, or any classroom.
Nancy Pelosi said: “We have to pass it, to find out what’s in it.” A Doctor called to a radio show & said: "That's the definition of a stool sample"
"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket," Barack Obama January 2008
With this type of remarkably bad judgement, I would not let her teach my child. I would ask the school to remove her from the class.
"We ain't a sharp species. We kill each other over arguments about what happens when you die, then fail to see the ******* irony in that." - Justin Halpern
This story is one of those things that seems too weird to be true. Middle school? They couldn't compare Hitler to Hitler.
One of you will end up here next!