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D.C. teacher assigns students to compare George Bush to Hitler

Bush Derangement Syndrome is alive and well, and our education system still has serious problems.

On this anniversary of 9/11, let us pause to note that Bush Derangement Syndrome is alive and well, and our education system still has serious problems.  From NBC News in Washington, D.C.:

A D.C. sixth-grade teacher will apologize for an assignment that asked students to draw comparisons between former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.

The McKinley Middle School teacher sent students home with a Venn diagram and asked them to compare and contrast Bush and Hitler.

At least one parent found it troubling on a number of levels. He told News4 he sees a certain lack of respect for the office of the president. And the instructions read “both men who abused their powers,” which the parent said presents opinion as fact.

Oh, “at least one parent” noticed those blindingly obvious problems, did they?  This teacher should be checking the want ads for a new career, not “apologizing.”  This isn’t a minor gaffe, an honest mistake, or a funny little joke.  It’s full-blown moonbat lunacy, and I doubt it’s the first or last time the “educator” in question will turn classrooms into political indoctrination sessions.  Imagine the uproar that would hit a teacher who assigned students to compare Barack Obama to Hitler as two men who abused their powers.  It wouldn’t end with an apology.

Here’s a picture of what the homework assignment looked like.  If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a Venn diagram uses intersecting circles to show where the qualities of two different people, objects, or ideas overlap.

venn_bush

A statement from D.C. Public Schools explained that nothing in the curriculum justified what the teacher did, but leveled no more serious criticism than “poor judgment and short sightedness.”

??The District of Columbia Public Schools provides teachers with an English-Language Arts curriculum that outlines the topics, texts, and standards to be taught within instructional units, while allowing teachers the flexibility to decide the best approach and day-to-day lessons for their students. One of the units at the beginning of the year is about War and Peace, allowing students to explore different perspectives and determine when conflict is warranted, and when peace should prevail. This week, a DCPS teacher created a worksheet to assign as homework which asked students to compare and contrast President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler, after reading two texts. No DCPS curriculum materials suggest in any way that teachers should compare the texts in this manner or compare Hitler to any other individual. One text, ??Fighting Hitler ?? A Holocaust Story” is part of the current suggested materials. The text about President Bush is not suggested as part of the current year??s curriculum, but was included last year in a separate unit. The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way.

??The teacher admits to extremely poor judgment and short sightedness and will apologize to students. The school will also send a letter home to families explaining the incident and offering to address any additional questions should they arise.?

I think the Washington Post neatly sums up all the “additional questions” that need to be asked, by listing all the details the school doesn’t want to discuss: “Officials did not name the teacher or give details about their employment history at the school, which is the only science technology, engineering and mathematics middle school within the public school system. They also did not reveal if any action had been taken following the assignment.”  Perhaps a good additional question would be, “How many more teachers like this are floating around in the D.C. Public Schools system?”

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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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