A public school teacher in Washington, D.C., asked her students to compare and contrast Adolf Hitler and George W. Bush.
The worksheet was sent home with sixth-grade students. D.C. Public Schools says it was not part of the curriculum and was the result of “extremely poor judgment and short sightedness” on the part of a single teacher.
The assignment required students to read two texts, "Fighting Hitler: A Holocaust Story," which is part of the school’s suggested reading materials, and the book "Bush: Iraq War Justified Despite No WMD," which is not suggested reading. Then students would compare and contrast the two leaders using a Venn diagram.
Parents complained after they saw the assignment on social media.
"No DCPS curriculum materials suggest in any way that teachers should compare the texts in this manner or compare Hitler to any other individual," DCPS spokesperson Melissa Salmanowitz said in a statement.
"The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way," she added.
Officials said the teacher, who was not identified, will apologize to students Thursday and a letter will be sent home to parents.
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