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"I was taught the 'opposing perspective' of the Holocaust in middle school. I'll never forget it"

"I was taught the ‘opposing perspective’ of the Holocaust in middle school. I’ll never forget it"

"In the fallout from NBC News’ revelations that teachers in Texas were told to teach “opposing perspectives” about the Holocaust, many people are asking what teaching “opposing perspectives” of the Holocaust looks like. I know from personal experience, since I attended a Holocaust class that invited us to consider the Nazi perspective class in middle school. The school was our local public school in Oxford, and the class in question occurred when I was in Year 6 (the equivalent of 5th grade) in the U.K.

The experience was enraging and humiliating.

The teacher started with raw video footage of the concentration camps. We sat on the floor cross-legged and watched a bulldozer shovel piles of naked, emaciated Jewish corpses into a pit, the way they dispose of trash at landfills.

The hopelessly age-inappropriate film without context was bad enough. But our teacher decided, for reasons I will never understand, to explore industrial genocide through the medium of interpretative dance.

We could play the role of either a Jew getting murdered or a Nazi guard doing the murdering. Our choice."


Worth a full read.
https://forward.com/opinion/476861/i-was-taught-opposing-perspectives-holocaust-never-forget/


Suffice to say. how can it be rational to require teachers to teach "opposing perspectives" to events which were entirely and incredibly evil? This country fought against the Nazis-- yet now those who would deem themselves 'more patriotic than the liberals' have made it law to require that we look at things from the Nazi's point of view, when it comes to exterminating Jews, liberals, socialists, handicapped people etc ?

So I guess when the cases of mass murderers are mentioned, the teachers are required to bring in the perspective point of view of the mass murderers? Ted Bundy? Jeffry Dahmer?

I presume that many of those in Texas who voted for these (anti-CRT) laws are churchgoing 'christians'. Children get taught things there in Sunday school... would it not be proper, that the Sunday school teachers be required to include the perspective of an opposing point of view? I could give them one: the christian church is responsible for thousands upon thousands of genocidal murders-- across the world, and in this our own country... not as much today, as in our past (although it continues 'small-scale')-- against native Americans and against African-Americans...

It is my considered opinion that states controlled by Democrats ought to require schools to teach that the Republican party is evil, that the Republican party has become out and out fascist, that the Republican party is no better than the German Nazi party of the 1930s-40s-- and I think that it would be MORE proper to require that, than what they are doing in Texas and elsewhere.

Posted by DemocraticPatriot | Wed Oct 20, 2021, 01:09 AM (2 replies)
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