The Rialto school district planned to revise an eighth-grade assignment that raised red flags by asking students to consider arguments about whether the Holocaust — the systematic killing by the Nazis of some 6 million Jews and millions of others — was not an “actual event” but instead a “propaganda tool that was used for political and monetary gain.”
The 18-page assignment instructions included three sources that students were instructed to use, including one that stated gassings in concentration camps were a “hoax” and that no evidence has shown Jews died in gas chambers.
Well, this assignment is officially worse than the one from Albany last year. If you’re an educator, and if you’re not just not at all sure how to teach critical thinking and/or the Holocaust, feel free to reach out to others for advice or suggestions.
By the way, here’s what I think is the hardest part to wrap my head around:
Rialto Unified, which educates about 26,000 students in a San Bernardino County city about 50 miles east of Los Angeles, did not receive complaints about the assignment from parents, teachers or administrators.
HT: Hayes Brown.