Sybarite: They don't sound like very apt pupils.
what_now: How DARE you teach critical thinking to the children, sir. HOW DARE YOU???
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.
ambassador_ahab: Sybarite: They don't sound like very apt pupils.What you did there....I see it.
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?
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.
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."
WhippingBoy: [www.shockcinemamagazine.com image 280x349]
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.
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
WhippingBoy: The world would be a much, much better place if there were more of these types of exercises.
Ego edo infantia cattus: I was thinking about watching that, was it any good?
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!"
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