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8th grade Holocaust assignment draws criticism, but why?

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RIALTO, Calif. (AP) — After heavy opposition to an eighth grade essay assignment, a spokeswoman for a California school district says students will not be asked to argue that the Holocaust didn’t happen.

Syeda Jafri tells the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin that the superintendent of the Rialto Unified School District will make sure all references to the Holocaust not occurring will be stricken from any current or future assignment.

The Daily Bulletin wrote about the assignment on Friday, causing a firestorm of opposition from parents and groups like the Anti-Defamation League.

The original assignment was to do some research, and citing sources, write an essay on whether the Holocaust actually occurred or not.


  • Mike T

    To bad some people actually do believe that the holocaust never happened. I’m sure that the assignment was for students to form their own opinions, but we can’t have that now.

  • Lenny

    exactly, its funny to me that this happenned in the communist state of CA, however I feel it should have been debated, why not have the option of asking questions concerning the accuracy of a history constantly crammed down our throats, whats to hide? why worry?

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