Critical Thinking

Foreign domestic workers protesting for the right of abode at the Court of Final Appeal. Photo: Sam Tsang

Liberal studies teachers must beware danger of tying grades to politics

Last week, a group of high school students in New York state were given a writing assignment to argue why Jews are evil. Their five-paragraph essay must demonstrate their ability to "think like a Nazi" using evidence from the Third Reich government propaganda. It was an exercise meant to link English class with a history lesson on the Holocaust; instead, it caused an uproar among parents, educators and the Jewish community.


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