Last week in Washington, DC, a public school teacher gave her 6th grade class an assignment to “compare and contrast” George W. Bush with Adolph Hitler, a ludicrously slanted question to even ask let along assign to 6th-graders. The Fox News story puts it like this:
A public school teacher in Washington who instructed sixth-graders to compare former President George W. Bush to Adolf Hitler has learned her own lesson, according to district officials, but critics wonder why she still has a job.
D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson responded to the controversy late Wednesday on Twitter, saying no curriculum intended to make the comparison “in any way” and that the district and unidentified teacher are “deeply apologetic” about the matter. Henderson said the teacher has been ordered to apologize to the class.
“No DCPS curriculum says 2 make these comparisons in any way,” Henderson wrote. “Teacher used poor judgment & will apologize.”
First up, I have to wonder how “deeply apologetic” this teacher is if they needed to be ordered to apologize. Sounds to me like they are quite clearly not apologetic in any way. The story goes on to describe the assignment as being a basic compare and contrast worksheet centered around a Venn diagram and that it “was left to the students to determine how Bush, the 43rd U.S. president who was elected to two terms, stacked up against Hitler, whose Nazi Germany perpetrated a Holocaust that killed more than 6 million Jews.” But that’s not what the assignment actually said. Let’s have a look, shall we?
The text of the assignment reads, in it’s entirety:
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 entire assignment rests completely upon a premise, stated as a graven-in-stone fact, that President Bush “abused [his] power in various ways.” This, ladies and gentlemen, is pure political bias and rhetoric being served up to elementary school students as Authoritatively Confirmed Truth™. It is completely unsupported leftist/Democratic crap and it’s being foisted off on kids by people who allege to be teachers – and to be far better at it than the rest of us, thank you. Where, outside of Bush-bashing propaganda is the proof of President Bush abusing his power. Hitler abused his power, no question, and there’s a national psychological scar and about 6 million graves to prove it.
Typical leftist logic – what they disagree with is “an abuse” and all that required for “proof” is their repeating it over and over like a chant.
Had the teacher really wanted to compare and contrast 2 leaders who have abused their power, they should have substituted President Obama in for President Bush. The Supreme Court is on record more than once during this President’s term in office thus far ruling that the President exceeded his Constitutional limitations and that, folks, is the definition of abuse of power. And we haven’t even gotten to the bottom of matters like Benghazi, Fast & Furious, and the myriad of DoJ investigations that should have been pursued and weren’t. To say nothing of the deliberate decisions, time and again, to simply set aside the enforcement of laws that he doesn’t like or unilaterally rewrite them to his liking. That’s more than enough material to teach a class with.
Of course, this teacher, good little DC leftist that they clearly are, wouldn’t even dream of doing that. What does it say about the overall environment of DC’s schools – and academia in general, I might add – that this teacher felt perfectly comfortable setting this as an assignment and using a text whose title sounds suspiciously like a newspaper article as source material even though it wasn’t on the approved curriculum? It says they felt completely secure doing it. It says they felt like this was completely proper and expected behavior of an elementary school teacher in DC.
It’s a symptom of a greater problem in DC. There’s no way this person should still be teaching kids and the school district doesn’t owe a teacher with this level of poor judgment any protections. They should be named and they should be gone.