A couple of high school students in New York at SUNY Oswego were understandably upset about an assignment given to them in their “Principles of Literary Representation” class: Defend Hitler’s Final Solution.
According to a report by Syracuse.com, instructor Michael DeNobile handed out a “Top Secret memorandum” assignment to the students “addressed to senior Nazi party members” that required that students “to put themselves in the shoes of Adolf Hitler’s top aides.”
It should be noted that the assignment did say that that purpose of the assignment was “not for you to be sympathetic to the Nazi point of view” and was instead “an exercise on expanding your point of view,” the students claim it created an “intolerant atmosphere.”
The article at Syracuse.com stated:
The students brought their concerns over the assignment to DeNobile, administrators in the New Vision program and educators at their home schools.
The classroom assignment took them on a mission: To make sure no other student would be asked to argue in favor of killing Jews again.
They carefully documented each meeting and conversation with their teachers. They researched other cases, including one in which a teacher was disciplined.
Within a few days, an alternative assignment was offered. Jordan wrote about America’s AIDS crisis and response. Archer wrote about the internment of Japanese-Americans and compensation paid to survivors.
The students are not satisfied with the response from the administration, however, and are demanding an apology and for the assignment to be permanently banned.
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(H/T The College Fix)