CA School District Run by Mohammad Islam Defends Writing Assignment on Confirming or Denying Holocaust

Posted by on May 06, 2014 at 8:33 am

The Rialto Unified School District is defending an eighth-grade assignment that asks students to debate in writing whether the Holocaust was “merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain.”

The district says the assignment is merely to teach students to evaluate the quality of evidence made by advocates or opponents of an issue.

“When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence,” the assignment reads. “For example, some people claim the Holocaust is not an actual historical event, but instead is a propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain. Based upon your research on this issue, write an argumentative essay, utilizing cited textual evidence, in which you explain whether or not you believe the Holocaust was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain. Remember to address counterclaims (rebuttals) to your stated claim. You are also required to use parenthetical (internal) citations and to provide a Works Cited page.”

On Friday, the Los Angeles-based Anti-Defamation League was critical of the April argumentative writing research project and expressed its concerns to Rialto Unified’s interim superintendent, Mohammad Z. Islam.

“An exercise asking students to question whether the Holocaust happened has no academic value; it only gives legitimacy to the hateful and anti-Semitic promoters of Holocaust denial,” wrote Matthew Friedman, associate regional director of the Los Angeles office of the Anti-Defamation League, in an email on Friday.

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2 Responses to “CA School District Run by Mohammad Islam Defends Writing Assignment on Confirming or Denying Holocaust”

  1. gkrawitz on 6/06/14 at 11:35 am

    these are eight graders, not people doing research for a p.h.d.
    what child would even begin to find these sources, and why should they. it is an established fact. there are films to show this, the germans who methodically kept records, much documentation
    and living witnesses.
    why should an eight grader be burdened with this. these are
    children and obviously mr. islam would like them to start thinking
    his way about history.
    I propose the balfour declaration be studied where Jordan became
    the country the arabs would go to to when Israel was conceived.
    the rise of anti-Semitism is real and it is so open as to be offensive.

  2. sound awake on 6/06/14 at 2:00 pm

    i learned everything i need to know about islam on 9/11

    it is not only a false, barbaric, savage religion practiced by heathens that violates the human rights of half the people on the planet, but it also doubles as a political ideology that is indistiguishable from nazism