We know there’s no such thing as a totally unbiased teacher, but one teacher at a Washington, DC public school took it way too far.
The unidentified teacher from McKinley Middle School gave students a homework assignment that’s generating some understandable controversy. The assignment was part of a “war and peace” section of the curriculum, and contained a Venn diagram asking students to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and Third Reich leader Adolf Hitler.
The assignment explains the nature of the assignment: “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 full assignment is pictured below:
Here’s a 6th grade assignment in DC asking students to compare President Bush to Hitler. This is so wrong. pic.twitter.com/YUfUbIyqkR
— Matt A. (@mattashburn) September 10, 2014
At least one parent complained about the assignment, and the school district issued an apology for the assignment:
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.
No matter your feelings on Bush, you must admit that a Bush vs Hitler assignment is in poor taste — she’s teaching kids, not writing for Salon.com, after all.