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    Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    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.

    “The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way,” Melissa Salmanowitz, spokeswoman for D.C. schools, said in a statement.

    Salmanowitz also said in the teacher admits “to extremely poor judgment and short-sightedness and will apologize to students.”
    D.C. school officials were alerted about the homework assignment Wednesday, Salmanowitz said.

    According to the statement, the District of Columbia Public Schools provides teachers with “an English-Language Arts curriculum that outlines the topics, texts and standards to be taught within instructional units, while allowing teachers the flexibility to decide the best approach and day-to-day lessons for their students.”

    “No DCPS curriculum materials suggest in any way that teachers should compare the texts in this manner or compare Hitler to any other individual,” she said in the statement.
    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?

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

    As long as the teacher accepts answers that don't fall in line with his incredibly stupid world view, I have no problem with it. In fact, I quite enjoy hearing these kinds of stories from my 15 year old who relishes the opportunity to school his teachers, which he does with surprising regularity.

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

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    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?

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    What is wrong in telling how better Bush is from Hitler? It is a huge chasm between them!
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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    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

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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 do have a problem with politicizing a middle-school classroom in this way. And I'd say the same if the teacher had asked the students to compare the current President with Hitler or Pol Pot. The teacher has very unsophisticated reasoning skills.

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

    The teacher should be forced to write his or her's paper on the difference between Hitler and Bush.

    Just another one who so casually thinks someone is a Hitler or Nazi which shows their ignorance of how evil Hitler was. I don't think you can even compare Hitler with Charles Manson.

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

    Dont see the problem at all. Hell it would be a brilliant paper to write because of the many contrasts and differences and the few similarities. Has nothing to do with politics in fact, but is a great way of promoting objectivity in students and of course the most important thing... asking questions and finding answers. This sounds more like a typical right wing PC bull**** complaint that you are not allowed to question the motives, or actions of Republicans... which is actually very much like what Hitler did.
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    Re: Teacher asks students to compare Hitler to Bush in homework assignment

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Dont see the problem at all. Hell it would be a brilliant paper to write because of the many contrasts and differences and the few similarities. Has nothing to do with politics in fact, but is a great way of promoting objectivity in students and of course the most important thing... asking questions and finding answers. This sounds more like a typical right wing PC bull**** complaint that you are not allowed to question the motives, or actions of Republicans... which is actually very much like what Hitler did.
    Such an obvious bait post is obvious....
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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

    Why didn't he pick the current President with which to compare to Hitler instead of going into the past for some "random" President?

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Jesse Booth View Post
    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.
    It doesn't seem like that big of a deal.
    I suspect that recreational outrage reared it ugly head.

    What if the assignment had been to compare and contrast God and the Devil?
    Would people still assume that the teacher was making the case that God = Devil?
    I may be wrong.

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