Friday, December 23, 2005

Interesting Concept Gone Awry

I'm a bit bummed. My friend Renee sent me the following article about a teacher in New Hampshire trying to teach his students about the Holocaust. They were to make yellow Jewish stars and wear them. Sadly, many kids missed the point and protested. They even wore post-its saying, "I'm not Jewish." And one charming student thought "outside the box" and wore a Swastika, which was okay because they were "understanding the power of symbols." Glad I didn't go to school there.

16 Comments:

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Maybe these little shits should visit the school in rural Tennessee where the students, in order to try to begin to even fathom the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust, set out to collect paper clips by writing letters to well-kown personalities from many walks of life, asking that they send a paper clip for their project. Their plan was to designate one paper clip to represent a certain number of Jews who died in the camps. As time went on, they were inundated with papers clips, and they realized the enormity of what they had set out to do. At that point, what had started out as a class project burgeoned into a full-blown study of the Holocaust. The school even managed to convince a German journalist, who was working in this country, to prevail upon someone he knew in Germany to procure a railroad car that was used to transport Jews to the concentration camps. It was being housed in a museum as part of an exhibit, but this journalist was finally able to arrange to have it shipped to Tennessee so that the students could put it on display at their school. All of this came about because there were teachers and administrators, none of whom were Jewish (and many of whom had never even met anybody who was), who recognized the important lessons about intolerance their students could learn from the Holocaust. Later a film entitled "Paper Clips" was made about the school and included scenes of the students meeting with Holocaust survivors. Believe me, there's no way anybody with a soul can watch this film without being profoundly moved.

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Esther said...

I have that film on TiVo, Rory. Gotta watch it this weekend. And I totally agree.

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger Rory said...

Esther,
I've only seen clips from the actual film, but when Jane Pauley had her TV show, she devoted an entire program to it. She had the principal of the school, along with some of the students and teachers, and they were totally amazing. Not only that, but I had the feeling they were the kind of people who, on first impression, some of us might have been tempted to dismiss as being borderline rednecks, but nothing could be further from the truth. It turned out they were the most caring and decent people anyone could ever imagine.

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

And New Hampshire is one of the most "progressive" states.

These little shits must've learnt their "progressive" ideas form somewhere (not pointing my finger towards their progressive parents of course).

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger drummaster2001 said...

i saw the movie 'paper clips' with my family. i wasn't expecting much as it is not really my type of movie.

i actually took a lot more from this movie than one could imagine.

my folks actually went this past summer to TN to see the finished product of their cultural tolerance project.

 
At 12:52 PM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

Some eight-graders in Pittsfield (New Hampshire) say an assignment intended to promote awareness of the Holocaust violated their religious freedom.

Personally, I suspect "adults" are in the background of this "protest!" Can the ACLU be far behind?

 
At 1:21 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

From Sergeant's link:
The assignment, based on "The Diary of Anne Frank," asked students to make and wear the yellow star Jews were forced to wear under the Nazis. Teacher Harry Mitchell says the point of the assignment is to teach empathy and show the significance of symbols....Mitchell says he has used the assignment successfully in past years. He says this year one student got permission to make and wear a swastika instead of a Jewish star.

So, one student was permitted ot empathize with the Nazis? I'm dumbfounded!

 
At 7:53 PM, Blogger Regular Ron said...

Esther...I just want to say I hope you and your family have a Happy Hanuakkah and a blessed New Year ...My Common Sense Jewish Gal :)

RR

 
At 9:08 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

I am in VT and NH is nearby and experienced next to no Antisemitism. There was the grumblings of a moronic drunk but that is all. I have seen plenty of anti NYC mania and posted on disturbing prejudices up here aimed at Latinos.

 
At 9:14 PM, Blogger Esther said...

Thanks for your great comments, everyone. Glad I'm not the only one who thinks this is a rather revolting development.

Glad you haven't been experiencing any, Beak. And thanks for the wishes RR. Right back atcha and everyone here. :)

 
At 7:29 AM, Blogger Timothy Birdnow said...

That part about the kid wearing the swastika really is amazing; it just goes to show how ``tolerance`` and ``diversity`` lead to accepting anything. We need to call it what it is-hatred!

I`ve never heard of ``Paperclips``; I`m going to have to see it.

Happy Hanuakkah, Esther!

 
At 5:02 PM, Anonymous seawitch said...

I've seen a lot about the "Paper Clip" program and think it's really wonderful.

Happy Hanukkah

 
At 11:01 AM, Blogger birdwoman said...

Now, I think it would have been much more profound an experience if they could find those whose parents at all supported something conservative and made them wear an elephant armband.

And, by the rules of the Nazis, you'd have to go back, what, 3 generations, to see if there were any republicans?

OUT THE CONSERVATIVES!! Can you imagine the horrors!?!


watch 'em scurry.

(*)>

 
At 10:36 AM, Anonymous Rachel Ann said...

My mouth just dropped open. Sticky posts saying "We aren't Jewish? A swastika? What???? That is just plain scary...

 
At 10:45 AM, Anonymous Rachel Ann said...

btw, they are getting a lot of support from neo-nazi groups and the like....

 
At 11:01 AM, Anonymous Rachel Ann said...

One more time, sorry

A little addition at the bottom of the article stated the Holocaust wasn't a required topic; WWII was of course but not the Holocaust.

 

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