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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by DDD View Post
    What is wrong in telling how better Bush is from Hitler? It is a huge chasm between them!
    It's an interesting exercise if you use a current leader. It seems politically motivated if you're using a guy out of office for the past six years.

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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by Ockham View Post
    Such an obvious bait post is obvious....
    Hell no, I am serious. It is exactly the kind of paper that makes minds think. I dont care if it is Hitler vs Bush, or Mao vs Chiang Kai-shek or Churchill vs Napoleon or what ever. The point of the paper and the whole thing, is to stimulate young peoples minds to think critically, look at facts and fiction and make conclusions from this. It is called critical thinking and it is vital in any educational setting. There are many aspects you can tackle in the Hitler vs Bush or Clinton, or Reagan.. does not matter. Hell you can do Hitler vs Roosevelt... or USA vs Nazi Germany of the 1930-40s. All of them would be very interesting comparisons to make from an objective and critical aspect.
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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Booth View Post
    McKinley Middle School teacher asks students to compare Hitler, Bush - The Washington Post

    A teacher in Mckinley Middle School assigned a paper to compare and contrast Adolf Hitler with former President George W. Bush, which has led to a massive outburst from enraged parents.



    Do you have a problem with this assignment being given to students? Would you want your kids in this teacher's class? Who do you think is the guilty party here, the teacher, the School Board, or even the parents for making a bid deal out of this?

    Discuss.


    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
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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    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.

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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    This person is too stupid to be a teacher and should be encouraged to find a new career.
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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Booth View Post
    McKinley Middle School teacher asks students to compare Hitler, Bush - The Washington Post

    A teacher in Mckinley Middle School assigned a paper to compare and contrast Adolf Hitler with former President George W. Bush, which has led to a massive outburst from enraged parents.



    Do you have a problem with this assignment being given to students? Would you want your kids in this teacher's class? Who do you think is the guilty party here, the teacher, the School Board, or even the parents for making a bid deal out of this?

    Discuss.
    I don't think that there's a problem with it in general, but what's curiously missing here is in what context this was presented? There was some point that was being made and some sort of suggested reason for the worksheet, but none of that's reported. What we get is a kneejerk reaction as a story.
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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by STUT View Post
    Poor judgment by the teacher. Reprimand her and move on. DC public schools have enough problems without worrying about a mistake a teacher made with a Venn diagram. It was in poor taste I'll admit though
    Obviously the teacher is fishing for something on the level of 'both being the same', which is a farce from beginning to end.

    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.
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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    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.
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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    This story is one of those things that seems too weird to be true. Middle school? They couldn't compare Hitler to Hitler.
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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    Who the **** is "President Bush"? None of those children is old enough to remember him. Stupid teacher is stupid and stupid assignment is stupid.

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