D.C. School Assigns Homework Comparing Bush To Hitler

hitlerGeorge-W-BushRepublicans and independents often complain of being an outcast political minority in the heavily Democratic Washington, D.C. However, one parent was unprepared for the homework assignment that his child brought home from McKinley Tech Middle School: asking students to draw comparisons between Adolf Hitler and George W. Bush.

No, this was not an art class comparing painting styles (here and here if you want to compare and contrast)

The students were told to fill in a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two figures:

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“Now that we have read about two men of power who abused their power in various ways, we will compare and contrast them and their actions. Please refer to your texts, ‘Fighting Hitler — A Holocaust Story’ and ‘Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD’ to compare and contrast former President George W. Bush and Hitler. We will use this in class tomorrow for an activity!”

The parent called to complain and was told that the assignment was part of a curriculum unit approved by the school system as part of a focus on both the Holocaust and the Iraq war.

A spokeswoman for D.C. Public Schools later said the two readings were among suggested curriculum the school system had previously approved but that the texts were not meant to be compared in the manner assigned by the teacher who “deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way.” “Suggestion [of] . . . any comparison in this egregious way”? A bit more than a suggestion, I would think. It is like comparing Obama and the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and has a certain loaded quality. It is like saying “Ebola has killed thousands of people. Bush killed thousands of people. Compare and contrast.” This is bit misleading without a tad more information.

What is interesting is that the assignment has the same quality as a push poll designed to influence or voters under the guise of conducting a poll. It has the same impact as the neutral poll used recently against a Democratic candidate when people were asked “What would you think of Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you she had had an abortion?”

How is this for the next Venn diagram: “Propaganda is used to to give biased or misleading information from a particular political point of view. Your last assignment sought to compare a recent president to a genocidal murdering fanatic that killed millions. Compare and contrast.”

Source: Washington Times

304 thoughts on “D.C. School Assigns Homework Comparing Bush To Hitler”

  1. Similarities: both served in the military, both consume oxygen, bilateral symmetry, Caucasian, both were the leaders of their countries. That pretty much sums it up.

  2. @Mark Kernes

    For some reason, most peoples throughout history have believed that there was and is something outside of this physical existence. For some peoples, it is God, and others, The Great Spirit, and others, Zeus and his crew, and for some, Bungaboo, the Monkey God. Whatever. Perhaps, billions of us are simply delusional. But, we see nothing wrong with telling a kid that they automatically know the difference of “bad touch” from “good touch.” In other words, sometimes we “like” intuition, and other times we tease ourselves about it.

    What I take from this is that we are all of us “feeling” the presence of something, that we are not able to describe, but know is there. For me, it is simply a matter of faith that I accept that the Universe was created by God, that there are certain common sense rules that I should follow in dealing with my fellow humans, and that when I die, then my spirit or soul goes on to a different form of existence. If I can’t “prove” that to somebody, I don’t care.

    You, as a human being, will live to about 85, then you will croak, and be put in a box and into the earth, and in a relatively short time, there will be only bones. It is doubtful that you will ever solve the the mysteries of the Universe, and it is a shame if you spend those 85 years or so either trying to deny feelings that you also have, or being so uptight that you are unable to let yourself accept your own physical limitations and accept the notion that all this wonderful stuff that is around us in our world, our solar system, our galaxy, and our universe didn’t just happen.

    Selah.

    Datta. Dayadhvam. Damyata.

    Shantih shantih shantih.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. SF: For some reason, most peoples throughout history have believed that there was and is something outside of this physical existence.

      MK: I’m guessing most of that is due to their ignorance of science, a discipline that was not around when most religions were formed.

      SF: For some peoples, it is God, and others, The Great Spirit, and others, Zeus and his crew, and for some, Bungaboo, the Monkey God. Whatever. Perhaps, billions of us are simply delusional.

      MK: Perhaps.

      SF: But, we see nothing wrong with telling a kid that they automatically know the difference of “bad touch” from “good touch.”

      MK: Kids DON’T “automatically” know that; they acquire it early in life from their elders.

      SF: In other words, sometimes we “like” intuition, and other times we tease ourselves about it.

      What I take from this is that we are all of us “feeling” the presence of something, that we are not able to describe, but know is there.

      MK: Speak for yourself. Outside of one acid trip in 1968, I’ve never “felt” the presence of anything I couldn’t describe, much less “know is there.”

      SF: For me, it is simply a matter of faith that I accept that the Universe was created by God,

      MK: It is indeed a matter of faith—a faith I don’t share.

      SF: that there are certain common sense rules that I should follow in dealing with my fellow humans,

      MK: I agree, though there are some who’d argue that such “common sense” is impossible without religion.

      SF: and that when I die, then my spirit or soul goes on to a different form of existence. If I can’t “prove” that to somebody, I don’t care.

      MK: Ah; no problem, then!

      SF: You, as a human being, will live to about 85, then you will croak, and be put in a box and into the earth, and in a relatively short time, there will be only bones. It is doubtful that you will ever solve the the mysteries of the Universe, and it is a shame if you spend those 85 years or so either trying to deny feelings that you also have, or being so uptight that you are unable to let yourself accept your own physical limitations and accept the notion that all this wonderful stuff that is around us in our world, our solar system, our galaxy, and our universe didn’t just happen.

      MK: Oh; apparently you DO care. So let me turn it around: If you have problems accepting that “all this wonderful stuff” DID “just happen, thanks to the incredible variety of HUMAN thinking and experience, of natural wonders, of sub-human animal life, that’s on you. I prefer to live without delusions of the supernatural, and guess what? It isn’t because I’m “trying to deny feelings” and it doesn’t make me “uptight”—like so many of the religious folk I read about daily on the various religio-conservative emails I receive.

  3. We are now a technologically advanced civilisation with oximoran tendencies like ‘use as much fossil fuel as you can’ and ‘go to war at the drop of a hat’. Forget the ‘God’ issue; he’s too obviously ‘not there’ for any rational argument. It would help if there were not so many vested interests of evil, like the Illuminati, stomping on anything good & having another war to increase its power & fortune. HOWEVER, only about 2.5% of the population are truly antisocial, even if they infect a 20% total around them. If these AH were not around diverting your attention all the time, you would have discovered this too!

  4. Wow, you guys are really keeping this blog going! Had more to say but it must have got snagged by the NSA in a cloud before I could post it..*&^%$#!

  5. If that is the extent of your evidence then no, you do not need to go on. I’ll remain unimpressed at this point. Thanks

  6. Going back to earlier bickering, the class, this class, has a new assignment to compare Nick Spinelli with Adolf Hitler…… May the bigger bully win!

  7. Olly: If you’re looking for “systems” where kids are deliberately fed misinformation about science, about evolution, about medicine, about human rights and many other topics, just spend a few days at your local parochial school. And as for the results of what those “systems” teach, you need go no further than the myriad federal, state and local politicians who insist that creationism be taught in public schools, that kids be *required* to say the Pledge of Allegiance each day (including the 1950s-added “in god we trust” part), that kids should begin every school day with a government-approved prayer, that kids should remain as ignorant about sex as possible for as long as possible—I mean, do i really need to go on?

  8. Markkernes,
    You’re seriously going to lecture me about the near impossibility of proving a negative and yet you expect me to accept your negative without any proof.

  9. “Gee, you’d think a “supreme being” would make its presence pretty easily known, especially if it wanted the beings it supposedly created to worship it in some way.”

    Perhaps you/we aren’t paying attention. Perhaps we are not listening correctly. Perhaps the purpose of a supreme being is not to wear a uniform and make his/her presence known like cheerleaders at a football home game. Maybe we are supposed to work on having faith?

    The refusal to consider God at all and the possibility of his/her/its existence. Reminds me of this old joke

    “A religious man is on top of a roof during a great flood. A man comes by in a boat and says “get in, get in!” The religious man replies, ” no I have faith in God, he will grant me a miracle.”

    Later the water is up to his waist and another boat comes by and the guy tells him to get in again. He responds that he has faith in god and god will give him a miracle. With the water at about chest high, another boat comes to rescue him, but he turns down the offer again cause “God will grant him a miracle.”

    With the water at chin high, a helicopter throws down a ladder and they tell him to get in, mumbling with the water in his mouth, he again turns down the request for help for the faith of God. He arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter, I thought God would grand me a miracle and I have been let down.” St. Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you’re complaining about, we sent you three boats and a helicopter.”

    I had often been told that when you are praying to God that you shouldn’t expect a solution or miracle, because sometimes the answer is just : No.

    I’m basically agnostic. Is there a supreme being? How do I know? How can I know? Maybe I’m not listening. I would like to have faith that there is. I live my life and treat people and animals as if there is a God and an afterlife, because it is a good way to live. We will all find out sooner or later what is the truth. Is there nothing? Oh well….at least I had a good life and treated life with respect. If there is something. Great. Either way…I just live my life now the best I can and wait for the “big reveal”.

  10. Paul,
    Markkernes exposed the weakness in his argument when he chose to accept a negative without proof and in the same breath reject a negative on the same grounds. This is why I believe humility is the lost virtue of the secular world.

  11. Markkernes,
    So you’ve made claims about the negative effects of teaching this mythology without supporting evidence. You’re seriously going to lecture me about the near impossibility of proving a negative and yet you expect me to accept your negative without any proof.

    Regarding the latter point;
    1.What is the worst that can happen to me if I don’t believe and God really does exist?
    Or
    2. What is the worst that can happen to me if I do believe and God doesn’t exist?

    I’m going with Option 2 until proof of the negative is provided.

    1. Olly: What you’ve described is called “Pascal’s wager,” and it’s easily falsified. If the reason you “decide” to believe in god is in order to get into heaven when you die (the clear implication of your point 2 above), that makes you a “Pharisee” in the eyes of this god, and you go to hell anyway. On the other hand, if you believe and your god (one among many that have graced mythology down through the ages) doesn’t exist, you’ve conceivably wasted a lot of time and money on an imaginary construct—and if, as one poster here suggested, god doesn’t care whether humans worship it or not, then it can hardly care if humans believe in it or not.

  12. squeeky – I do agree with most of the arguments that Campbell uses in Hero of a Thousand Faces.

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