A sixth-grade teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Snellville, Georgia recently assigned students the task of drawing Nazi mascots.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the teachers assignment stated:
The year is 1935 and you have been tasked with creating a mascot to represent the Nazi party at its political rallies. Think about all of the information you have learned about Hitler and the Nazi party.
You will create a COLORFUL illustration of the mascot. Give the mascot a NAME. You will also write an explanation as to why the mascot was chosen to represent the Nazi party.
Sloan Roach, a school district spokeswoman, said that a parent contacted school officials about the assignment.
The unidentified teacher was teaching a social studies class that was learning about the rise Nazism and the Nazis’ use of propaganda.
Jamie Brown, a parent, told WGCL:
I mean, it’s just demeaning. My son was shocked, like “Dad, did you see my homework?” He showed it to me and at first I was like is this a joke? Is this a joke?
I don’t understand it, really to be honest, that we’re actually creating a mascot for an individual that murdered thousands of people. I guess I’m the voice for the voiceless, for the kids that can’t question the authority of the teacher, can’t question the legitimacy off the assignment that’s given out.