Hitler-themed assignment at Atlanta school sparks controversy over ‘antisemitic tones’

May15,2024



New Delhi: A recent assignment given to Class VIII students at a private school in Atlanta has sparked controversy among parents due to alleged anti-Semitism. Mount Vernon School assignment prompts students to evaluate Adolf Hitler's leadership properties through a series of questions, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
Reportedly, students were asked to evaluate Hitler's characteristics as a leader using a rubric called the “Mount Vernon Mindset”. One question inquired about Hitler's effectiveness as a “solution finder”, while another questioned his moral decision-making abilities.
Options given with the questions included “lacking evidence, conforming to expectations, meeting expectations, exceeding expectations” to describe the dictator.
Parents expressed concern over the possible anti-Semitic implications of the assignment and expressed concern that such questions could be interpreted as glorifying Hitler, the dictator of Nazi Germany who was responsible for the Holocaust.
Additionally, alumni noted that they had not faced such questions during their time at the school.
In response to the backlash, Mount Vernon school officials removed the assignment from the curriculum. Principal Christy Lundstrom released a statement explaining that the purpose of the assignment was to explore World War II and deepen students' understanding of Hitler's manipulation of fear in relation to historical events, particularly the Treaty of Versailles.



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