School District Backpedals On Asking Students If They Thought Jews Made Up Holocaust For Money

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If it’s not the Bible Beaters it’s the holocaust deniers. I’m glad I’m out of school.

via CA schools back off assignment asking whether Jews made up Holocaust for money.

A southern California school district has agreed to revise an assignment that asked eighth-graders to debate in writing whether the Holocaust actually happened.

Middle-school students in the Rialto Unified School District were asked to research arguments made about the Holocaust and write an argumentative essay explaining whether they believe the Nazis, in fact, systematically killed 6 million European Jews between 1933 and 1945.

School officials initially defended the assignment, saying it was intended to teach teens to evaluate the quality of evidence made by opponents or advocates of a topic.

“When tragic events occur in history, there is often debate about their actual existence,” the assignment says. “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.”

Students are required to cite textual evidence in the assignment and address rebuttals to the claims they make themselves.

“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,” the students are advised.

 

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    I think a more interesting question would be whether the Holocaust actually happened but was ironically used to justify precisely the type of ethnic apartheid state that it was supposed to have discredited.

    • HalfTonSon

      I think your question would be more “interesting” if it made sense. The Holocaust was supposed to have discredited what…? The Holocaust involved killing off 2/3 of the Jewish population of Europe. The Israeli occupation has led to the death of about 1,400 Palestinians, about .000375% of their population. Comparing the two is ludicrous and does nothing to help Palestinians. (Of whom I doubt you care about anyway; just another cappuccino revolutionary who loves to have Israel as a target so they don’t have to confront the injustices in their own country in any meaningful way.)

      • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

        Genocide denial is morally reprehensible.

        • kowalityjesus

          Stifling thought/dissent is morally reprehensible.

          • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness

            Yes, countenance of ethnic cleansing and denouncing that position are morally equivalent. That makes sense. Totally.

          • kowalityjesus

            in a forum of open debate, anything rhetorically sound is welcome. In the spirit of science, we should lay everything on the table. who’s afraid?

          • Andrew

            Hail Satan, the original free thinker and dissident!

          • kowalityjesus

            He still has a running bet with God, on each one of our heads!

          • Andrew

            Yeah, they sound like a couple of total assholes. They deserve each other.

          • kowalityjesus

            lol, but sincerely with all due respect: http://pandawhale.com/post/27426/haters-gonna-hate

          • Andrew

  • Apathesis

    Kalifornia is a head-scratcher.

  • kowalityjesus

    Whatever you do, don’t go to IHR.org, professional reputation be damned.

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