WASHINGTON (WNEW) — A D.C. teacher “deeply regrets” giving students a homework assignment that asked them to compare and contrast former U.S. President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.
D.C. Public Schools says the worksheet that was sent home with sixth-grade students was not a part of the curriculum, and was a result of “extremely poor judgment and short sightedness” by the teacher.
The assignment asked students to read two texts on Bush and Hitler as part of the War and Peace unit. School officials said one text, “Fighting Hitler – A Holocaust Story,” is part of the suggested reading materials but the other text, “Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD,” is not suggested as part of this year’s curriculum.
“No DCPS curriculum materials suggest in any way that teachers should compare the texts in this manner or compare Hitler to any other individual,” D.C. Public Schools spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz said in a statement.
The Bush text was included in last year’s curriculum but in a separate unit, the school said.
“The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way,” Salmanowitz said.
Parents complained to D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson on social media.
No DCPS curriculum says to make these comparisons in any way. A deeply apologetic teacher used poor judgment & will apologize to students.
— Kaya Henderson (@HendersonKaya) September 11, 2014
School officials say the unidentified teacher will apologize to students Thursday in class and a letter will be sent home to parents explaining the incident and addressing any other questions.
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