Public High School Assignment from Albany, New York … Convince the Nazi Teacher that Jews are Evil and Your Loyalty to the Third Reich (Update: Teacher Put on Leave)


OK, this one just gets one big WTF!!! Just when you thought you had heard it all when it comes to  public school propaganda, comes the following disgusting and anti-Semitic home work assignment.

High School is supposed to be about challenging students and making them think, but I hardly believe that the following from an Albany high school is the intention of such critical thinking. As reported at the NY Times, students were given an alarming thought puzzle as home work to convince their teacher that Jews are evil? UNBELIEVABLE. Where does one even begin? Just how clueless, insensitive and ignorant could this teacher possibly be? How does one even given such an assignment if such thoughts were not in there mind? How does it even come to a teachers thought that students were supposed to prove they were loyal members of the Third Reich and convince their Nazi professor that Jews were evil and the source of all problems? The teacher’s assignment read as follows: “Please remember, your life (here in Nazi Germany in the 30′s) may depend on it!”


That question was posed to about 75 students on Monday by an unidentified 10th-grade English teacher as a “persuasive writing” exercise. The students were instructed to imagine that their teacher was a Nazi and to construct an argument that Jews were “the source of our problems” using historical propaganda and, of course, a traditional high school essay structure.

“Your essay must be five paragraphs long, with an introduction, three body paragraphs containing your strongest arguments, and a conclusion,” the assignment read. “You do not have a choice in your position: you must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!”

Needless to say that once this inappropriate home work assignment was initially report by the Albany Times Union, the “Scheiße” his the fan. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, superintendent of Albany’s schools states,“Obviously, we have a severe lack of judgment and a horrible level of insensitivity.” That’s not the assignment that any school district, and certainly not mine, is going to tolerate.” However, even though the Albany Superintendent apologized for the assignment, Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard actually defended it by saying that it should have been worded differently. OH, HOW EXACTLY DO YOU REWORD ANTI-SEMITISM? However, it would have been ok if the students were to convince the liberal teacher that Republicans were evil.

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.

“I would apologize to our families,” she said. “I don’t believe there was malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of Jewish faith.”

One-third of the students refused to complete the assignment, she said.

Vanden Wyngaard said the exercise reflects the type of writing expected of students under the new Common Core curriculum, the tough new academic standards that require more sophisticated writing. Such assignments attempt to connect English with history and social studies.

Pay real close attention to this one as you have not heard the last of it. Vanden Wyngaard stated that the exercise reflects the type of writing expected of students under the new Common Core curriculum. Be very, very afraid parents of Common Core curriculum. Educate yourselves as to the truth of what Common Core curriculum is all about.

Ann Althouse asks the more provocative and truly critical thinking question that should have been asked, “What if you had to argue that Wyngaard’s reaction is anti-education and anti-academic freedom and destructive of the very mental powers that, if developed, enable a citizenry to resist government propaganda of the kind the Nazis deployed?” She is 100% correct, real critical thinking and  “persuasive writing” is trying to prove the opposite of what actually happened, not what actually did occur. Of course many of today’s public school educators are too ignorant to understand such things.

UPDATE I: New York school teacher who assigned “convince me your a Nazi and Jews are Evil” homework has been put on leave and could face other disciplinary action after the backlash and mountain of criticism of public disgust. Leave? They should be FIRED!!! One thing that is simply amazing in all of this is the district has not named the teacher, but described them as a veteran. Veteran what?

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  • Comments

    6 Responses to “Public High School Assignment from Albany, New York … Convince the Nazi Teacher that Jews are Evil and Your Loyalty to the Third Reich (Update: Teacher Put on Leave)”

    1. Henny on April 14th, 2013 6:04 am

      The students who refused to participate in the assignment should all receive an “A” for doing the right thing and resisting the mob mentality. Kudos to those students.

    2. bearlyhere on April 14th, 2013 6:53 am

      Why did 2/3 of the students do the assignment? That really surprised me. Did they compromise their principles for a grade, or have they been taught to obey the government or school ‘authority’, no matter what they say to do, or did they see nothing wrong with the assignment? Did the students ask their parents what to do and their parents then told them to go ahead and do it or is school or government now the authority on what our kids do?
      SM: The joke of this entire ridiculous assignment was that true critical thinking and convincing writing would have been to prove the opposite, not what actually happened. That is just typical lazy liberal education. The better assignment would have been, prove to a Nazi or Hitler that Jews were not evil and not the problem as they believed. That requires provocative thought, not this anti-Semitic garbage this teacher passed off as a school assignment.

    3. Tamikosmom on April 14th, 2013 8:12 am

      Can you just imagine the Muslim uproar in America and worldwide if in a public school in Anywhere, USA students were given an assignment instructing them to cite the evils of Islam from a Christian perspective … the evils of Sharia Law from a human rights perspective. Somehow the left do not comprehend the double standard or … maybe in the name of indocrination of our children the left comprehends perfectly.

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    5. Suva on April 14th, 2013 8:31 am

      What is the teachers name? A hallmark of secret agendas (core curriculum) is to hide truth of what they are doing, victimize yourself (in this case the poor teacher), control the debate (as the superintendent is now doing), demonize anyone who opposes or wont comply, seek the power centers. All that is in operation here, WAKE UP parents!!
      SM: Teachers name has yet to be released. I guess they consider her the victim.

    6. A Texas Grandfather on April 14th, 2013 8:56 am

      Parents and the community need to begin a thorough investigation of all the schools across the country. This is the result of the federal Common Core effort by the department of education.

      Common Core is anti-American propaganda designed to destroy the belief of American values and replace them with socialist values.

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