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(Times Union)   High school students given assignment to "Think like a Nazi, argue why Jews are evil". Hilarity ensues   (timesunion.com) divider line 265
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2013-04-12 11:17:59 AM  
I bet that really got the parents in a führer
 
2013-04-12 11:23:14 AM  
www.forkparty.com
 
2013-04-12 11:26:59 AM  
One-third of the students refused to complete the assignment, she said.

They don't sound like very apt pupils.
 
2013-04-12 11:28:38 AM  
Little Albert Hilter got an A+
 
2013-04-12 11:30:11 AM  
"The Jews caused us to lose the Great War and that's why things are so shiatty here in Germany."

Shortest essay ever.
 
2013-04-12 12:06:21 PM  

Sybarite: They don't sound like very apt pupils.


What you did there....I see it.
 
2013-04-12 12:31:34 PM  
I see nothing wrong with this.  My Speech and Debate Professor made us argue for morally repugnant things all the time, it forced us to think outside the box and use our critical thinking and improvisational skills.

Yeah, millions of Jews were killed during the reign of the Third Reich, and to help understand history, sometimes it is necessary to learn about the government propaganda.  This is merely a creative way to teach them how effective propaganda works.

Think about this:  Germany was, by and large, a Christian Nation before the Third Reich rose to power...through powerful, charismatic speeches and effective propaganda, they took, and otherwise modern, sophisticated, educated and religious country to one that went to war with the world and CHOSE to kill off many, many people.  That is pretty damn amazing if you think about it.
 
2013-04-12 01:06:28 PM  
How DARE you teach critical thinking to the children, sir. HOW DARE YOU???
 
2013-04-12 01:12:48 PM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-04-12 01:12:54 PM  
We can't have these kids doing any critical thinking, because that's just racist.
In fact, I think we should eliminate any teaching of history that includes Nazis. It's racist just to think about it.
 
2013-04-12 01:12:57 PM  

what_now: How DARE you teach critical thinking to the children, sir. HOW DARE YOU???


I want to start off by saying, as a Jew, I don't particularly mind this assignment, but you could certainly craft a similar "devil's advocate" type writing assignment without picking such an emotionally charged topic that targets a specific group of people, like "argue why forced sterilization would be a good social policy," or "defend the practice of child labor." This particular assignment was just asking for trouble and media attention.

/you know who else wrote about Jews ruining Germany?
 
2013-04-12 01:13:32 PM  
I vas never a member of ze nazi party. Ve lived in the back by Switzerland. All ve heard was yodeling.

/ you must svear the the sacred sigfried oath
 
2013-04-12 01:13:40 PM  
memeorama.com
 
2013-04-12 01:14:26 PM  
If you were one of the pupils, I'll bet jew did nazi a possible final solution to that assignment.
 
2013-04-12 01:14:36 PM  

doubled99: We can't have these kids doing any critical thinking, because that's just racist.
In fact, I think we should eliminate any teaching of history that includes Nazis. It's racist just to think about it.


And don't even think about assigning The Bell Curve for reading.

/amidoinitrite
 
2013-04-12 01:15:08 PM  

what_now: How DARE you teach critical thinking to the children, sir. HOW DARE YOU???


It's all about meaning.

Unfortunately, some people are just anti-semantic.
 
2013-04-12 01:15:29 PM  

ambassador_ahab: Sybarite: They don't sound like very apt pupils.

What you did there....I see it.


I was thinking about watching that, was it any good?
 
2013-04-12 01:15:59 PM  
I don't see the problem. As Aristotle said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
 
2013-04-12 01:16:16 PM  
I would have been more impressed if the assignment was

'In light of all the religious killings of Sunni by Shia Muslims as well as the killing of Jews and Christians by Muslims explain how Islam can be called 'The Religion of Peace'.
 
2013-04-12 01:16:17 PM  

nmrsnr: what_now: How DARE you teach critical thinking to the children, sir. HOW DARE YOU???

I want to start off by saying, as a Jew, I don't particularly mind this assignment, but you could certainly craft a similar "devil's advocate" type writing assignment without picking such an emotionally charged topic that targets a specific group of people, like "argue why forced sterilization would be a good social policy," or "defend the practice of child labor." This particular assignment was just asking for trouble and media attention.

/you know who else wrote about Jews ruining Germany?


Henry Ford... Then again he argued they ruined every place.
 
2013-04-12 01:16:41 PM  

nmrsnr: what_now: How DARE you teach critical thinking to the children, sir. HOW DARE YOU???

I want to start off by saying, as a Jew, I don't particularly mind this assignment, but you could certainly craft a similar "devil's advocate" type writing assignment without picking such an emotionally charged topic that targets a specific group of people, like "argue why forced sterilization would be a good social policy," or "defend the practice of child labor." This particular assignment was just asking for trouble and media attention.

/you know who else wrote about Jews ruining Germany?


Was it Henry Ford? Or maybe Charles Lindbergh? Or, perhaps, Neville Chamberlain?
 
2013-04-12 01:16:53 PM  
So were they limited to only examples from the 1940s or could they make the easier more modern arguments?
 
2013-04-12 01:17:35 PM  

Endive Wombat: I see nothing wrong with this.  My Speech and Debate Professor made us argue for morally repugnant things all the time, it forced us to think outside the box and use our critical thinking and improvisational skills.

Yeah, millions of Jews were killed during the reign of the Third Reich, and to help understand history, sometimes it is necessary to learn about the government propaganda.  This is merely a creative way to teach them how effective propaganda works.

Think about this:  Germany was, by and large, a Christian Nation before the Third Reich rose to power...through powerful, charismatic speeches and effective propaganda, they took, and otherwise modern, sophisticated, educated and religious country to one that went to war with the world and CHOSE to kill off many, many people.  That is pretty damn amazing if you think about it.


And with all that they produced the scientists that created nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, modern rocketry and the dirndl.
 
2013-04-12 01:17:40 PM  
All the Gestapo in the Concentration camps say "Pay-o pay-o, payayayayaaaaa-oooooo!"

Talk like a Jewish merchant...
 
2013-04-12 01:17:46 PM  
imageshack.us
 
2013-04-12 01:17:51 PM  

Treygreen13: I don't see the problem. As Aristotle said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."


Exactly.  It has long been considered a virtue to be able to think like your enemy without 'becoming' like your enemy.

They need to fail the kids who refused to do the assignment.
 
2013-04-12 01:18:16 PM  
Understanding the reasons why people do things usually requires understanding their point of view.

Far, far, far too often people equate understanding something with approval of it.

You can understand things that you abhor and/or disagree with and not be wrong, contradictory, hypocritical, etc.

I think a lot of political discussions would flow more smoothly and be far more productive if both sides would actually take a little time to learn the actual reasons a person holds certain positions.
 
2013-04-12 01:18:26 PM  
Too soon?
 
2013-04-12 01:19:30 PM  
"intent of the assignment - to make an argument based only on limited information at hand "

Should have used a Fark rape thread.
 
2013-04-12 01:20:02 PM  

Endive Wombat: I see nothing wrong with this.  My Speech and Debate Professor made us argue for morally repugnant things all the time, it forced us to think outside the box and use our critical thinking and improvisational skills.

Yeah, millions of Jews were killed during the reign of the Third Reich, and to help understand history, sometimes it is necessary to learn about the government propaganda.  This is merely a creative way to teach them how effective propaganda works.

Think about this:  Germany was, by and large, a Christian Nation before the Third Reich rose to power...through powerful, charismatic speeches and effective propaganda, they took, and otherwise modern, sophisticated, educated and religious country to one that went to war with the world and CHOSE to kill off many, many people.  That is pretty damn amazing if you think about it.


This.

I see nothing wrong with this exercise. I had to defend pro-life and pro-gun arguments in high school even though I felt very strongly against them.

I see how it might offend some. But this was just an exercise.

I cant wait for the sensitive tards to start whining butt-hurtedly
 
2013-04-12 01:20:41 PM  
Previous assignments include "You must argue that Blacks are evil, and use solid rationale from popular stereotypes, crime statistics, and past institutional racism to convince me of your argument!"

But the class favorite was "You must argue that rape should be legal, and use solid rationale from National Geographic and your Uncle Billy to convince me!"
 
2013-04-12 01:20:49 PM  
www.shockcinemamagazine.com
 
2013-04-12 01:21:00 PM  
Many on Fark do this assignment a lot.
 
2013-04-12 01:21:31 PM  

doubled99: We can't have these kids doing any critical thinking, because that's just racist.
In fact, I think we should eliminate any teaching of history that includes Nazis. It's racist just to think about it.


I've always felt that the greatest punishment for the Nazis would be for history to forget them. I'm not saying we should forget their crimes at all; what I'm saying is, completely erase their names from history.

/ to reiterate; names only, not actions/crimes
 
2013-04-12 01:21:50 PM  

WhippingBoy: [www.shockcinemamagazine.com image 280x349]


I remember that.  Shocked the 'hell' out of a lot of people when they realized what they'd become.
 
2013-04-12 01:22:15 PM  
The world would be a much, much better place if there were more of these types of exercises.
 
2013-04-12 01:22:24 PM  

Infernalist: Treygreen13: I don't see the problem. As Aristotle said, "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."

Exactly.  It has long been considered a virtue to be able to think like your enemy without 'becoming' like your enemy.

They need to fail the kids who refused to do the assignment.


THIS
 
2013-04-12 01:22:40 PM  

iheartscotch: doubled99: We can't have these kids doing any critical thinking, because that's just racist.
In fact, I think we should eliminate any teaching of history that includes Nazis. It's racist just to think about it.

I've always felt that the greatest punishment for the Nazis would be for history to forget them. I'm not saying we should forget their crimes at all; what I'm saying is, completely erase their names from history.

/ to reiterate; names only, not actions/crimes


No, they should be remembered.  If only as a lesson and warning to the future.
 
2013-04-12 01:23:21 PM  

WhippingBoy: The world would be a much, much better place if there were more of these types of exercises.


Agreed.
 
2013-04-12 01:23:45 PM  

nmrsnr: what_now: How DARE you teach critical thinking to the children, sir. HOW DARE YOU???

I want to start off by saying, as a Jew, I don't particularly mind this assignment, but you could certainly craft a similar "devil's advocate" type writing assignment without picking such an emotionally charged topic that targets a specific group of people, like "argue why forced sterilization would be a good social policy," or "defend the practice of child labor." This particular assignment was just asking for trouble and media attention.

/you know who else wrote about Jews ruining Germany?


If the goal was to connect to history, though, you'd need to pick a topic that was historical and had propaganda behind it. I think the entire point is to pick a very specific abhorrent thing and not a generic one. Forced abortions and the One-child policy might be another good example, but I don't think it's as impactful as the topic chosen.

In terms of sheer propaganda, though, the rise of the Third Reich is hard to beat. It offers a lot of source material, brilliant (albeit evil) examples of propaganda, and would challenge the students to analyze the effects of propaganda to effectively write the essay. Child labor doesn't quite have that same impact.

That being said, I have no idea how the assignment was presented in class so it could have been handled very poorly for all I know.
 
2013-04-12 01:23:49 PM  
Acceptable answers:

David Stern
Michael Bloomberg
Kosher wine
 
2013-04-12 01:24:12 PM  
Next writing assignment, "why blacks should still be slaves".
 
2013-04-12 01:24:15 PM  

Ego edo infantia cattus: I was thinking about watching that, was it any good?


Not really.
 
2013-04-12 01:24:53 PM  
i.imgur.com25.media.tumblr.comjewishworldnews.org
 
2013-04-12 01:25:00 PM  
Have you seen Kyle?
 
2013-04-12 01:25:02 PM  
Sounds like a fun thought assignment, play devil's advocate for those who committed genocide.  I used to write stuff like that when I was in high school for my english classes.  In short, I was trolling, having fun and I knew that writing a pro-slavery essay would not just piss off everyone in the class, but could lead to actual debate in the class.
 
2013-04-12 01:25:04 PM  
They're Jews.

~ The end ~
 
2013-04-12 01:25:31 PM  
Next assignment: argue why the Bible is nonsense.
 
2013-04-12 01:25:46 PM  

Stoj: Previous assignments include "You must argue that Blacks are evil, and use solid rationale from popular stereotypes, crime statistics, and past institutional racism to convince me of your argument!"

But the class favorite was "You must argue that rape should be legal, and use solid rationale from National Geographic and your Uncle Billy to convince me!"


What are you on about?
 
2013-04-12 01:26:03 PM  

iheartscotch: doubled99: We can't have these kids doing any critical thinking, because that's just racist.
In fact, I think we should eliminate any teaching of history that includes Nazis. It's racist just to think about it.

I've always felt that the greatest punishment for the Nazis would be for history to forget them. I'm not saying we should forget their crimes at all; what I'm saying is, completely erase their names from history.

/ to reiterate; names only, not actions/crimes


The Hustory Channel did it's part when it stopped being the "All Hitler All the Time" Channel and gave us "Pawn Stars" instead.
 
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