Albany High School apologized for a persuasive writing exercise that encouraged students to read Nazi propaganda and argue that Jews are evil, the Albany Times-Union reported on Friday.
Te assignment asked students to "pretend you are a member of the government in Nazi Germany" and research Nazi propaganda. "You must argue that Jews are evil, and use solid rationale from government propaganda to convince me of your loyalty to the Third Reich!" the assignment instructed. About a third of students refused to complete the assignment
"I would apologize to our families," Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard said. "I don't believe there was malice or intent to cause any insensitivities to our families of Jewish faith." Wyngaard added that the assignment was worded in an "offensive manner," but the teacher who issued the assignment was not identified.
Last month, a New Jersey school came under fire for asking special education students to choose between being a slaveowner or an abolitionist and create a wanted poster for a runaway slave.
A Manhattan school in February apologized after math problems asked students to calculate the number of slaves on a ship and the number of whippings slaves received per day.
In January, a Michigan mother objected to her African-American son's assignment in which he was asked to pretend he was a slave and write a journal about his life.
[An unidentified child member of Red Star military history club wears historical German paratrooper uniform during historical reenactment of WWII, August 29, 2010 in Chernigow, Ukraine. Credit: Sergey Kamshylin / Shutterstock.com]