Albany School District: Hey, Sorry About That ‘Jews Are Evil’ Assignment We Gave Your Kids

Posted by on Apr 12, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Every single person that had anything to do with this should be fired by the end of the day. Could you imagine the worldwide outrage if kids were given a “blacks are evil” or, heaven help us, a “gays are evil” homework assignment?

We’d never hear the end of it.

Think like a Nazi, the assignment required students. Argue why Jews are evil.

Students in some Albany High School English classes were asked this week as part of a persuasive writing assignment to make an abhorrent argument: “You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!”

Students were asked to watch and read Nazi propaganda, then pretend their teacher was a Nazi government official who needed to be convinced of their loyalty. In five paragraphs, they were required to prove that Jews were the source of Germany’s problems.

The exercise was intended to challenge students to formulate a persuasive argument and was given to three classes, Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said. She said the assignment should have been worded differently.

Worded differently? OK, let’s instead argue why Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard is a poor role model for children since she’s grossly overweight. Offer your reasons and explain why.



Amazingly, this slob won’t even identify the teacher behind this.

3 Responses to “Albany School District: Hey, Sorry About That ‘Jews Are Evil’ Assignment We Gave Your Kids”

  1. MT Geoff on 12/12/13 at 4:26 pm

    Screeech of brakes being applied.
    This can be an entirely appropriate assignment and sounds like it was given the correct context. If we want to bring up adults, we have to teach children to think critically. There’s a lot of propaganda around; if these teens write false things, knowing they are false, they may learn something about how people follow the Goebbels of the world and how to recognize loaded writing. We could use a lot more critical thinking. We could use more adults who recognize false propaganda when they see it.

  2. Jack on 15/15/13 at 9:26 am

    I don’t know about the blacks are evil assignment, but how about that proposition that blacks as a group test 1 standard deviation below whites on IQ tests. Or that blacks commit crimes disproportionately to their percentage of the general population, or that blacks have a 71% out of wedlock birth rate.

    But that would be racist.