Say what you want about Orange County schools — be it the high performing districts in Irvine, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach or struggling school districts in Anaheim, Santa Ana and Orange — but at least our educators have the common sense to know the Holocaust is not a subject for debate. In Rialto, educators are “revising” an assignment for middle school kids to have them “debate” the Holocaust. From KTLA’s website, this story and video.
And there is this story in the LA Times. From the Times story: The Rialto Unified School District has decided not to ask its eighth-grade students to argue whether the Holocaust happened after the assignment came under fire. The decision to revise the assignment came Monday after it drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, which called it “grotesque” in a statement issued that same day. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Los Angeles-based center, said the district’s “assignment mistakenly provides moral equivalency between history and bigotry.”
School administrators planned to “assure that any references to the Holocaust ‘not occurring’ would be stricken from any research assignment,” KTLA-TV reported, citing a district statement.
I think it’s high time for the administrators responsible for this assignment, teachers and school board members of RUSD to take a day off, with pay if necessary, and head to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Please go through the Anne Frank exhibit there now. Review the exhibits dealing with a horrific period in this planet’s history against Jews, Catholics, and Gays. Examine the photographs, the film footage, eyewitness accounts and physical evidence of this travesty against mankind and defend the assignment. If they still can make an argument that that the Holocaust never happened and was the result of propaganda, they should fired immediately.