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Class Assignment to Compare Bush vs Hitler Causes Controversy

Story About Teacher Assigning Sixth Graders to Compare Bush and Hitler Goes Viral

A D.C. public school teacher shocked other educators across the country when the instructor gave a six grade class a homework assignment requiring students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler. Due to public scrutiny, the teacher will apologize to students and their parents. 

The assignment, given out at McKinley Tech Middle School, consisted of a Venn diagram asking them to compare and contrast the two men, with instructions that said, "both men abused their powers. One parent was outraged when they saw their child's assignment, and immediately complained to the school. 

“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," the assignment read, according to The Washington Times. "Please refer to your texts, ‘Fighting Hitler — A Holocaust Story’ and ‘Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD’ to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and Hitler. We will use this in class tomorrow for an activity!”

The parent, who asked not to be named, said when he called the school "he was told that the assignment was part of a curriculum unit approved by the school system." The class was studying both the Holocaust and the Iraq war. A spokeswoman for the D.C. Public Schools said the two readings were among suggested curriculum, but they "were not meant to be compared in the manner assigned by the teacher." 

“The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way,” spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz said.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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