The school district of Albany, N.Y., is apologizing after Albany High School students were issued an assignment asking them to make an argument blaming Jews for the problems that Nazi Germany was experiencing prior to World War II.
This was the assignment: "You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!"
In order to complete the exercise, students were supposed to read and watch Nazi propaganda and then pretend their teacher was a Nazi government official who they needed to convince of their loyalty by making a compelling argument that Jews were the source of Germany's problems. A third of the students refused, according to CBS News.
The written assignment, which was supposed to be five paragraphs long, was given to three classes in the hopes that it would challenge students to make a persuasive argument.
Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said the task should have been worded differently but that she doesn’t believe the teacher who assigned the paper had bad intentions. She declined to say if the teacher was facing disciplinary measures.