A teacher at Shiloh Middle School in Gwinnett County, Georgia, is being criticized for a homework assignment in which they asked students to draw a "Nazi mascot."
The assignment reads:
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 that 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.
Parent Jamie Brown was aghast when he saw his child’s homework. During an interview with FOX5 Atlanta, Brown slammed the idea, not simply for being ill-conceived, but because it could make certain people feel deeply uncomfortable:
I can only imagine the pain of other students the pain of other students that are of Jewish descent that you would be forced to draw something that is absolutely demeaning to not only you but an entire race of people and this nation for fear of getting and for a failing grade.
WSB-TV Atlanta spoke with Toyka Waller, another parent who was similarly shocked:
When [my daughter] came home and told me about it, I thought she was playing.
FOX5 reports that Gwinnett County schools issued a statement, noting that during the study of history, teachers cover "Nazism, the use of propaganda, and events which resulted in the Holocaust," but that this particular assignment was not approved, and "not appropriate." The statement adds that "the school is addressing the use of this assignment with the teacher."