The modern progressive movement is manifested in the theory of moral relativism. There’s no absolute right, there’s no absolute wrong. There’s only a difference in opinions. Unfortunately, moral relativism has taken over modern academia. The latest example of this came from a high school in Oswego County, New York
Teacher Michael DeNobile gave his students an assignment asking them to imagine they were a Nazi official and argue either for or against the “Final Solution” to exterminate the Jews.
“This is an exercise on expanding your point of view by going outside your comfort zone and training your brain to logistically find the evidence necessary to prove a point, even if it is existentially and philosophically against what you believe,” the assignment read.
Two non-Jewish students were disturbed by the assignment and the fact that one of their classmates expressed enthusiasm for arguing in favor of killing the Jews in the assignment. They asked for an apology from their teacher.
Student Jordan April said this about the assignment:
“To literally stand in the effects of the Holocaust and see what it has done, and the fact that there are still extremely anti-Semitic protests going on in places like France, and now with all of the Jewish community centers getting bomb threats and Jewish cemeteries getting vandalized … it’s especially – in this atmosphere – it should not be an assignment given in an educational setting.”
But not every student was opposed to the assignment. Rachel Trumble, for example, said that it was necessary to “humanize these Nazi war criminals to see their side of the story.”
“This entire assignment centers itself around preparing us to go out into the world and recognize people whose opinions and cultures differ from our own,” Trumble told the editor at Syracuse. “While we may not agree with these people, this assignment has helped us to remain open-minded and to not be judgmental, which were the very things the Nazis stood for.”