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April 13, 2013 9:35 pm

Teacher Who Gave Students Nazi Writing Assignment Put on Leave

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USA Today/AP – NEW YORK — New York school district officials have placed a high school English teacher on leave for having students pretend to be Jew-hating Nazis in a writing assignment.

The teacher at Albany High School caused a storm of criticism after having students practice the art of persuasive argument by writing a letter to a fictitious Nazi government official arguing that “Jews are evil.”

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  • Limor Shiponi

    My full opinion is here if you care to read

    Beyond that, I don’t think severe actions are the Jewish way on this matter. Trying to understand, observe, talk, debate, learn why this went so wrong, are much more part of the way. This can be a lesson for life for all involved. Sending the teacher home won’t benefit anyone and anything. It will more likely enhance bad feelings towards Jews.

  • Christine

    Everyone, my friend’s daughter is in the teacher’s class and she knows the teacher. The media’s interpretation of the assignment is HORRIBLY inaccurate and my friend knows what’s the teacher’s true purpose was. Please read her argument here!

  • richard sherman

    Jew hating teachers give Jew hating assignments. If the teacher is not fired it means the entire school board is antisemitic.

  • Bathsheva Gladstone

    The teacher in question wasn’t named. She violated the trust of school officials, whose school she represents, she violated the trust of parents who allowed her to mold their children’s minds and she egregiously violated the trust of her students. It’s called abuse of power and child abuse. She is guilty of a crime and should be verily called on it. Name the criminal, don’t help hide this insidious, rabble rousing, poor excuse for a human being.