Hitler-themed homework upsets parents of Illinois high school students

Some parents were upset after high school students receive an Adolf Hitler-themed homework.


Parents at a high school in Gurnee, Illinois are outraged after their children received a controversial Hitler-themed assignment.

A mother said she was “baffled” after they found SpongeBob SquarePants with the swastika in her son’s language arts homework online, FOX 43 reported.

Kelly Masterton told WGN her eighth-grade son, Michael, was given the assignment in a Forest, at the High School last week called “If You like Hitler a Country” modeled after the children’s book “If you a mouse a cookie.” The assignment was a cartoon-like “My Little Pony” in a Nazi uniform saluting on a map of Europe.

The students were given the task of “create a comic strip for children that paragon of Europe’s gratification in the direction of Hitler,” with “a fun and colorful pictures.

“I asked him” did you ask the teacher if you could use these images?’ and he said ‘yes,’ she said. “Not sure what is a correct way to make use of a swastika.”

Kelly posted a picture of the Hitler-themed homework on her Facebook page, ask other parents to ask questions.

“There must be a better way to teach our children about the horrific things Hitler did,” another parent said.

“I don’t think they did that on purpose, anti-Semitic,” Kelly said. “I think she was trying to teach that there was propaganda…It came not by the command that way.”

The school district wrote a letter to the parents that the purpose of the lesson is in line with the state standards and the district curriculum on the second world War, but apologized for the cause of caring for the members of the community.

“However, the” fun ” and “cartoonish” elements of the activity the students were asked to complete does not fully represent the intent of the teachers” or a board policy on the teaching of controversial issues, the letter read. “The intent of the practicum is to help students understand the complex issues in the run-up to the second world War, not to minimize the atrocities of Nazi Germany.”

Caleb Parke is an associate editor for You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke

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