A lesson in a public school in Maryland compares President Trump to Nazis and communists. The AP reports:
A slide used in an Advanced Placement history class at Loch Raven High School in Towson shows a picture of Trump above pictures of a Nazi swastika and a flag of the Soviet Union. Two captions read “wants to round up a group of people and build a giant wall” and “oh, THAT is why it sounds so familiar!”
The AP further reports that “Republican lawmakers in Maryland are criticizing” the lesson. Just Republican lawmakers? Everybody who cares about education should be “criticizing” this lesson. Is Trump hatred to virulent and widespread that Democratic lawmakers and parents are blind to the teaching of history as political propaganda?
It was Republican Del. Kathy Szeliga of Baltimore County, who sounded the alarm, sending copies of the lesson to fellow lawmakers. She called it “educational malfeasance.”
But Baltimore County education authorities aren’t bothered:
Charles Herndon, a spokesman for Baltimore County schools, said students in advanced high school classes are “discerning, intelligent students who are going to be able to draw their own inferences and draw their own conclusions.”
“The topics being discussed in the class included World Wars and the attempts by some leaders throughout history to limit or prevent migration into certain countries. In isolation and out of context with the lesson, the image could be misunderstood,” the school district said in a statement.
The school system said the issue had become a personnel matter “which will be appropriately addressed by the school administration and is not subject to further clarification.”
Bronson Stocking wonders why, if students are able to “draw their own conclusions,” it's not enough to just teach them about the facts of history? Interestingly, it was not Mr. Trump who honeymooned in the old Soviet Union and has expressed admiration for it.
History class as propaganda? Sounds like . . . the old Soviet Union.