School district apologizes over Nazi assignment

Nazi assignment

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ALBANY, New York (WNYT) — New York’s Albany school district is apologizing for a high school writing assignment that asked students to make a persuasive argument blaming Jews for the problems of Nazi Germany.

Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard says the writing assignment was insensitive and an error in judgment by the teacher.

The students were asked to research Nazi propaganda then assume their teacher was a Nazi government official who had to be convinced of their loyalty.

The assignment told students to “argue Jews are evil.” The students were told they did not have a choice in their position. They must argue on the side of the Third Reich.

A third of the students refused.

“I was just like, ‘Do you really expect me to do this?’ I’m not going to do it. That’s too much,” student Quionna Edwards said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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