“Now that we have read about two men of power who abused their power in various ways, we will compare and contrast them and their actions.” That’s the first sentence to the homework assignment a 6th Grade teacher subjected her students to at the McKinley Middle School in Washington, D.C.
The students were asked to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and the German dictator Adolf Hitler by reading the books Fighting Hitler – A Holocaust Story and Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD.
“We will use this in class tomorrow for an activity!” the teacher wrote on the assignment sheet. I’m sure the students couldn’t contain their excitement.
Here’s a copy of the assignment. Now I’m kind of curious what on earth a 6th grader could’ve come up with.
Despite the teacher’s more than obvious dislike for the former President, most parents would prefer her to keep it to herself rather than pushing it onto their children, mostly between the ages of 11-12. As one parent said, “I think trying to compare Adolf Hitler to an America president is just not right. I didn’t agree with Mr Bush or his policies, but that was over the line.”
A spokesperson for the school said that both texts were approved by the school’s curriculum. However comparing them in a fun activity wasn’t what the school had in mind.
The school later issued an official statement saying, “The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way. The teacher admits to extremely poor judgement and short shortsightedness and will apologize to students.”
The teacher said she will be apologizing to her students in class today. We assume she’ll be closing the day’s class with something super fun relating to 9/11.
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