California School District Backs Off Assignment Questioning Holocaust

A screenshot of the Holocaust assignment given to eighth-grade students.
A screenshot of the Holocaust assignment given to eighth-grade students. –screenshot

A California school district will “revise’’ an eighth-grade assignment that asks students to evaluate whether the Holocaust actually occurred, according to KTLA. The move comes days after Rialto United school district officials initially defended the assignment, saying it would help teach students critical thinking skills.

Interim Superintendent Mohammad Z. Islam was set to talk with administrators to "assure that any references to the holocaust 'not occurring' will be stricken on any current or future Argumentative Research assignments," a statement from district spokeswoman Syeda Jafri read.

"The holocaust should be taught in classrooms with sensitivity and profound consideration to the victims who endured the atrocities committed," Jafri said.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Anti-Defamation League had contacted the school to argue against the assignment, according to the San Bernadino Times.

"An exercise asking students to question whether the Holocaust happened has no academic value; it only gives legitimacy to the hateful and anti-Semitic promoters of Holocaust denial," wrote Matthew Friedman, associate regional director of the Los Angeles office of the Anti-Defamation League, in an email on Friday.

Here is a PDF of the proposed homework assignment, uploaded by the Sun:

Rialto Unified Holocaust essay assignment by Beau Yarbrough


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