A Georgia middle school is under fire after one of its teachers asked sixth-graders to draw Nazi mascots for homework.
“The year is 1935 and you have been tasked with creating a mascot to represent the Nazi party at its political rallies,” the assignment read, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.
“Think about all of the information 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.”
Jamie Brown, whose 11-year-old son attends Shiloh Middle School, said he was shocked by the assignment, CBS46 reported.
Brown called the assignment “demeaning.”
“My son was shocked, like ‘dad, did you see my homework?’” Brown told CBS46. “He showed it to me and at first I was like is this a joke?”
Parents are outraged after a Shiloh Middle School teacher asked sixth graders to imagine and create a “Nazi Party Mascot.”
A school district spokesperson confirmed that a Social Studies teacher had assigned the homework as part of a curriculum that covers “the conflict and change in Europe, including the aftermath of World War I, the rise of communism as a result of the Russian Revolution, the Treaty of Versailles, the rise of Nazism, and worldwide depression.”
“In studying this time period, they learn about Nazism, the use of propaganda, and events which resulted in the Holocaust,” the statement said.
A spokesperson said that the assignment was not okayed by the school.
“This assignment is not a part of the approved materials provided by our Social Studies department and is not appropriate and the school is addressing the use of this assignment with the teacher.”