Teacher Asks Sixth-Graders to Compare Bush, Hitler

DC school district sorry about homework assignment
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2014 5:55 PM CDT
Teacher Asks Sixth-Graders to Compare Bush, Hitler
In this July 31, 1938, file photo, German Chancellor Adolf Hitler salutes a huge crowd at a sports meeting in Breslau, Germany.   (AP Photo/File)

The DC school district has apologized to parents over a doozy of a sixth-grade homework assignment: A teacher asked the kids to compare and contrast Hitler and George W. Bush, NBC Washington reports. With Venn diagrams, of course. It seems the class was studying war and peace, and the unidentified instructor at McKinley Middle School sent the class home to pore over the histories of "both men who abused their powers."

Parents got wind of it, and the district issued a quick mea culpa, the Washington Post reports. "The teacher deeply regrets this mistake, and any suggestion to malign the presidency or make any comparison in this egregious way," says a spokeswoman for DC schools. The teacher, she adds, acknowledges "extremely poor judgment" and will apologize to his students. (Read more George W. Bush stories.)

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