D.C. School Students Given Venn Diagram To Compare George W. Bush To Hitler



A Washington, D.C. public school teacher is under fire for distributing the following assignment to 6th grade students:

In the assignment, the McKinley Middle School students were asked to compare and contrast the “two men of power who abused their power in various ways.”

D.C. Public Schools released the following statement acknowledging the assignment and condemning the teacher:

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.

The statement also said the assignment was part of a unit on war and peace in which the students were studying “when conflict is warranted, and when peace should prevail.”

One parent told NBC4 that the instructions on the assignment, specifically the part that says both men abused their power, present an opinion as fact and is particularly troubling. The parent also called it “a lack of respect for the office of the president.”

The teacher admitted to poor judgment and will apologize to the students. “The school will also send a letter home to families explaining the incident and offering to address any additional questions should they arise,” the statement continues.

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