If you were inclined to argue with angry liberals during the presidency of George W. Bush, you probably already know how much they love comparing our 43rd president with the personification of evil himself, Adolf Hitler. Though the comparisons are seemingly ludicrous enough to defy reason, at least one public school teacher thought they were strong enough to assign as homework.
At D.C. public school McKinley Tech Middle, 6th grade students were given the task of drawing comparisons between W. and Hitler. One angry parent publicized a photocopy of the assignment which asks students to read a couple of texts – “Fighting Hitler – A Holocaust Story” and “Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD” – and fill in a Venn diagram with similarities and differences. “Now we have read about two men of power who abused their power in various ways,” the teacher writes at the top of the assignment.
The parent in question immediately called school officials to complain and was told that the assignment was part of a unit that had been approved by the school system. Of course, now that the story has been presented to the media, a spokeswoman for the district claims just the opposite: “The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or many any comparison in this egregious way.
A Systematic Nationwide Indoctrination
There’s nothing wrong with exposing students to political readings as part of their curriculum, even when those readings are sharply influenced by opinion. It should be presented as opinion, though, and the teacher should be qualified to explain that these differences in thought are exactly what makes the American political system go around. That’s not what happened here. Asking kids to casually compare Hitler and Bush creates a false equivalence in their minds that they will never be able to shake. This is just one school – just one class – but it’s representative of national problems we’ve seen with revamped Common Core curricula. The left is trying their damnedest, one subject at a time, to recreate the country to fit their twisted ideology.
Last year, a middle school in Bristol, Connecticut was busted handing kids a worksheet that taught students the following claptrap: “The courts have consistently determined that the 2nd Amendment does not ensure each individual the right to bear arms. The courts have never found a law regulating the private ownership of weapons unconstitutional.”
Also in 2013, a fifth grade class in Corpus Christie, TX was given a test which included the question, “Why might the United States be a target for terrorism?” The answer was, “Decisions we made in the U.S. have had negative effects on people elsewhere.”
Just this year, California passed a bill proposing a new set of criteria for teaching students about the historical significance of Barack Obama. Far from suggesting a couple of sentences about how he was the first black president, the California legislation wants teachers to mention that he “worked to fulfill the spirit of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by encouraging people to register to vote” among other dubious glorifications.
They keep trying, and we keep pushing back. Until we rise up and take the public school system out of the hands of these brainwashed weirdos, though, it’s going to be a long, frustrating fight.