B’nai B’rith is deeply disturbed by an Albany, N.Y., teacher’s assignment to “argue that Jews are evil.” The veteran teacher has been put on leave.
This lack of judgment by a teacher demonstrates the need for Holocaust education for college-level students preparing to become educators.
We are encouraged by Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard’s apology, in which she said the assignment “displayed a level of insensitivity that we absolutely will not tolerate in our school community.”
This situation can serve as an opportunity to re-evaluate the kinds of topics that are used in critical thinking exercises.
The 10th grade students were asked to develop a persuasive argument that Jews were to blame for the problems in Nazi Germany.
It is encouraging that one-third of the 10th grade students refused to do the assignment.